Public Art Archive

Winter 2012

2012-13 Fort Point Arts Community Winter Public Art Series:

December 14 2012 -February 15 2013

FPAC presents Winter Public Art: light-based temporary art  installations along the Fort Point Harborwalk.


By ‪goodgood (Karen Stein Shanley),  ‪New American Public Art (‬Dan Sternof Beyer, Kawandeep Virdee, Bevan Weissman‬), and Matthew Shanley

Listener is an interactive light installation that responds to the ambient and intentional sounds around it, transforming static space into a dynamic public place.

location: Fort Point Channel Harborwalk between Congress Street and Northern Avenue, outside of the Boston Children’s Museum








by Michael Moss and Claudia Ravaschiere

Canopy is a laser projection that creates a dimensional, impressionistic canopy with myriad points of green light layered over a cloudscape. Using holographic technology, the artists create an unexpected experience on the public walkway along the Fort Point Channel.

location: Fort Point Channel Harborwalk between Summer and Congress Streets, outside of Channel Fitness

Our Winter Public Art was supported by funding from The Fort Point Channel Operations Board.




Fall 2012

In conjunction with Fort Point’s 33rd Annual Open Studios, FPAC presented a series of public art installation October 8 through November 9, 2012.

BUCKYS ON THE CHANNEL by Carol Bugarin and DANCE SPOT by Elisa H. Hamilton 


DANCE SPOT by Elisa H. Hamilton

Dance Spot is an interactive public art piece that will transform Fort Point sidewalks into colorful dance floors.

A series of five “dance spots”, prominently located throughout the Fort Point neighborhood, each area will have a dance diagram drawn on the sidewalk with colorful chalks. Paired with a particular song, there will be an online component where visitors can go to learn the dances via video and see the dances performed by the artist.

Throughout Open Studios weekend and at other scheduled times throughout the project’s duration, Elisa will travel from dance spot to dance spot with a portable stereo playing each dance spot song while doing the dance spot routines and encouraging others to join in.

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Dance Spot locations: Summer Street bridge over Fort Point Channel, Summer Street over A Street, A Street (near #327), A Street at Binford Street (near Barlows).

Colorful large Buckyballs created from pool noodles will be installed in the Fort Point Channel art basin, between the Congress St and Summer St Bridges.  Buckyballs, named for Massachusetts born architect Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, popularized this shape in his geodesic domes during the late 60’s – early 70s.  The universal shape recurs in design, art, math, science, medicine, technology and play.  All of these are a part in the framework of the Fort Point neighborhood.

Carol Bugarin, designer of this project and glass jewelry artist, will adorn the Channel with the Buckyballs and geometric shapes repeated within the geodesic pattern.   “The techniques used to create the Buckyballs are no different than those used in jewelry making.  I envision the work like beads or jewelry for the water, only bigger.”

Floating art is sponsored by generous support of the Friends of Fort Point Channel, a nonprofit organization committed to making the Fort Point Channel an exciting and welcoming destination for all of Boston’s residents, workforce and visitors.

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Buckys on the Channel is located in the Art Basin on the Fort Point Channel, between Summer and Congress Streets.
Both projects were selected by a jury of artists, arts professionals, and community members:

Heidi Kayser, artist, curator and most recent recipient of floating art funding (The Remodeling Project, May 2012)
Eric Geller, community resident
Cher Krause Knight, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College
Danielle Krcmar, artist and educator, Artist in Residence at Babson University
Jean Mineo, Public Art Consultant, Director, Boston Sculptors Gallery
Danielle Pillion, Executive Director, Friends of Fort Point Channel
Karen Pfefferle, curator, former member of the Boston Art Commission

Special thanks to Karin Goodfellow, DirectorBoston Art Commission, for advice and assistance, and to the Department of Public Works and the City of Boston for their support of ongoing public art initiatives in Fort Point.

Fort Point Arts Community’s temporary public art installations celebrate annual Fall Open Studios, which take place October 19-21. The work of public art will serve to engage the public, highlight the Fort Point neighborhood and its creative community, and promote Open Studios.

Read the artists interviews and peek behind the scenes on our blog


Spring 2012

Read about our Spring 2012  public art, The Remodeling Project, on Heidi Kayser’s website.


Heidi Kayser: The Remodeling Project
April 30–May 31, 2012

Read about the Remodeling Project in The Boston Globe

Watch the coverage on NECN Cable News

Listen to the RadioBoston story on WBUR/NPR Radio

The Remodeling  Project  is a performative micro-environment that investigates ideas of public versus private activities in daily life, shared ideas of home, and boundaries between social and personal identities. Throughout the month of May, a small floating platform located between the Summer Street and Congress Street bridges will become a home base for an evolving narrative of constructed reality.

The floating platform will be continually ”remodeled” into familiar environments such as an office, home, fitness center or backyard. Artist Heidi Kayser will kayak to the platform to carry out a month-long series of unscheduled guerilla interventions. Crowd sourced survey data will be analyzed to present shared ideas of “home” and “social identity,” while the use of video blogging, surveillance video and social media create an environment that is at once documentary, voyeuristic, and participatory. The Remodeling Project takes influence from perspectives on the blurring of art and life from the Fluxus and Happening movements in performance art, and situates constructed reality (private life made public) within a larger life context.

Visit  to  interact  with  Heidi:  read  the  blog,  watch  the videos,  leave her a comment, take a survey or follow her social media streams.

The Remodeling Project will be located in the south side of the Fort Point Channel basin between the Congress and Summer Street Bridge. The piece will be on display from April 30th – May 31st in conjunction with Fort Point Art Walk, a Spring Open Studios Weekend held Friday through Sunday, May 11-13th. More than 75 artists will open their studio doors to thousands of visitors for this annual local art event.

The Remodeling Project and Fort Point’s Floating Art Series is supported by the generous support Friends of Fort Point Channel, a nonprofit organization committed to making the Fort Point Channel an exciting and welcoming destination for all of Boston’s residents, workforce and visitors. For more information, please visit Friends of Fort Point Channel has partnered with The Fort Point Arts Community since 2005 to activate the Fort Point Channel with temporary displays of public art.

The Remodeling Project was selected by a jury of artists, arts professionals, and community members. FPAC thanks our selection panel:

Ricardo Barreto, Director of the UrbanArts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Kate Gilbert, Director of Public Programs and Outreach at Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, artist

Jane Marsching, Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art, artist

Danielle Pillion, Executive Director of The Friends of Fort Point Channel

Karen Stein, previous recipient of FPAC Public Art Series Funding, FPAC Board member, artist/designer of goodgood

Mary Tinti, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Koch Curatorial Fellow

The Remodeling Project is part of a larger ongoing project by Heidi Kayser called DIET (Discipline.Interaction.Existence.Transportation), which is partially funded by New England Foundation for the Arts and Boston Cyberarts.  FPAC’s Public Art Series is also supported by funding from The Fund for the Arts, a public program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible by generous support from anonymous donors.


View some past FPAC public art projects on Flickr

Read about our Fall 2011 Public Art Series