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,"
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,
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.
SOURCE National Grid