Boston's Landmark Gas Tank on Southeast Expressway to Get Name Change as KeySpan Transitions to National Grid
Work to begin on Dorchester site along Southeast Expressway on Monday,
September 24; Corita Kent's famous 150-foot rainbow swash to be preserved
WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Starting Monday, September 24, commuters on the Southeast Expressway will notice that Boston's landmark gas tank will be getting a minor facelift. As KeySpan continues its transition to National Grid, workers will start updating the name on the exterior of the tank. Although the name on the tank will change, Corita Kent's artwork, originally commissioned in 1971 by Boston Gas Company, will remain the same. "We are announcing the surface detail work on our gas tank in advance so we can prepare morning commuters for this visible transition," said Nick Stavropoulos, Executive Vice President of US Gas Distribution for National Grid. "Weather permitting, the work should be completed within ten days." "Corita Kent's artwork is a cherished icon and a Boston landmark visible to everyone traveling on the Southeast Expressway. As KeySpan transitions to National Grid, we are pleased to preserve her work," Stavropoulos added. On Monday, workers will begin power washing the surface as preparation for installing the new National Grid logo. After the washing is complete, workers will utilize a 100-foot lift with basket to install individual sections of the new logo. Each section is 32 square feet in size with 100 individual sections ultimately making up the entire logo. During this process, National Grid and KeySpan encourage drivers to pay more attention to their commute than the work being conducted on the gas tank. Background on National Grid / KeySpan Merger On Friday, August 24, National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) officially completed the acquisition of KeySpan. National Grid and its predecessor companies have been serving electric and natural gas customers in the Northeast, including certain areas currently served by KeySpan in New England, for more than a century. Background on Corita Kent According to the excerpts taken from her biography on the The Corita Art Center web site (www.corita.org/coritadb), Corita Kent, also known as Sister Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968 when she left the Order and moved to Boston. Corita's art reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, her hope for peace and her delight in "the world that takes place all around us." Corita was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. On Sept. 18, 1986 Corita finally lost her battle with cancer and died in her own home. Commissioned by the Boston Gas Company in 1971, The Boston gas tank on the Southeast Expressway still bears her famous 150-foot rainbow swash, which is a similar to her design for the 1985 Love Stamp. About National Grid National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in providing energy to many millions of customers across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. We are committed to being an innovative leader in energy management, safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing all our customers with highest standards of service through ongoing investment in our systems and through our talented, diverse workforce. In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid is the largest power producer in New York State, owning 6,650 megawatts of electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers and supplies roughly a quarter of New York City's electricity needs. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses. National Grid also has a number of businesses operating in related areas such as LNG importation, land remediation, storage and metering.
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