FPAC sponsors works of temporary public art, enlivening the Fort Point area with works that engage the public and promote the visibility of the arts community. Calls for submissions are issued several times annually,and are juried by panels made up of community member and arts professionals.
Floating Art for Fall 2016 Open Studios
SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)
Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier were selected to create a new floating sculpture for this fall’s Fort Point Arts Community Floating Public Art project. This project marks twelve years of FPAC’s collaboration with Friends of Fort Point Channel on temporary public art in the Fort Point Channel. The project is also funded by the Fort Point Channel Operations Board.
SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) will float in the Art Basin in early October and will remain on view for approximately 6 weeks.
SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) will be composed of 20+ large scale figures cast from a single mold. Painted in “Safety Orange,” the figures swim with salvaged black inner tubes that have been re-purposed as personal floatation devices. S.O.S. invokes the Fort Point Channel Basin as a metaphor for the seas across which people have always traveled in search of shelter, freedom, prosperity and safety; seas in which they have often lost their lives. The Swimmers symbolize the world’s refugees and migrants, and the long history of global migration on which our city and nation are largely built.
Artists Ann Hirsch & Jeremy Angier hope to provoke discussions about the changing identity of the Channel by asking: how are we, a city in the midst of an economic boom, responding to the current global refugee crisis?
About the Artists
A + J Art and Design is a new, multidisciplinary collaboration between local artists Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier, who share a commitment to site-specificity, interactivity and community engagement.
Ann Hirsch has completed numerous public art commissions of scale across the U.S. In 2013, she gained wide recognition for the Bill Russell Legacy Project at Boston City Hall Plaza, a public artwork that is part sculpture and part interactive playground. Other recent commissions include large format bronze wall sculptures for the east entry to Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery, FL and Grand Rapids Community Legends, MI. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.
Jeremy Angier heads Boston-based machinegraphics, a 3D-animation firm which creates animations and visualizations for documentary and science-based films, museum interactives, and exhibits. His work can be found at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Discovery Cube in Los Angeles, the National Park Service Grand Canyon Visitor Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the Petronas Visitor Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Image: Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier | A+J Art+Design, S.O.S. (Safety Orange Swimmers). Safety Orange Swimmers navigate the Fort Point Art Basin waterway.
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS FOR SPRING 2016 Open Studios
Why Chromasome, by Lindsay Baer
photo: Lindsay Baer
This installation examines cisgender expectations: plants growing from a male and female mannequin will ultimately merge the figures into one, inviting viewers to engage with personal complicity in the cisgender system.Location: Harborwalk, near Necco Court This project is funded by The Fort Point Channel Operations Board with funds from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License #11419 for Russia Wharf, now Atlantic Wharf. The Fort Point Channel Operations Board is made up of representatives from the City of Boston, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Fort Point Channel Abutters Group, who oversee the implementation of public benefits required from private development along the Fort Point Channel.
Beacons: A Puzzling Voyage, by Emily Cobb
Seek out each of the five colorful beacons around the neighborhood! These interactive sculptures–made with bright paint and reclaimed junk–are inspired by way-finding, geometry, and visual perception. Explore the puzzles, illusions, and brain-twisters contained in each one. Location: Check #fpacpublicart on social media for location clues! This project is generously funded by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. photo: Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano
Shimmer, by Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss
Fluorescent and jewel toned plexiglass activates the Congress Street Bridge spanning Fort Point Channel and changes the public perception of a familiar urban environment. #shimmerfortpoint This project is supported by a grant from the Fort Point Channel Operations Board with funds from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License #11419 for Russia Wharf, now Atlantic Wharf. Additional support for Shimmer comes from the Boston Art Commission and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.
Double Trouble, by Ken Reker
Image courtesy of Ken Reker
This mixed-media/found object assemblage sculpture examines our titanic love affair with plastic and petroleum-based products. Location: Gillette Dock on the Harborwalk, near Necco Court This project is generously funded by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. To view past public art, view the archives page.
Celestial: Winter Lights on the Harbor
Celestial: a public art installation by Claudia Ravaschiere & Michael Moss
On view December 13, 2015 through February 2016 Artist Talk and Opening Celebration: Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 5:30–7:00 pm, at Waterfront Plaza, with sips and snacks from participating Atlantic Wharf restaurants The temporary installation Celestial is suspended from the outdoor pergola adjacent to the Atlantic Wharf building at Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress Street. Consisting of sculptural forms and glowing orbs, the installation’s elements are positioned to suggest human figures in motion among celestial bodies. Symbolizing humanity’s relationship to the universe, both seen and unseen, Celestial evokes the timeless wonder of the night sky and our enduring fascination with stargazing and the possibilities of planetary exploration. Through the coming dark winter nights, the installation’s forms and illumination will provide a focal point and a beacon for passersby on Congress Street and the Harbor Walk. Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss are artists based out of Fort Point and have developed and installed many works of public art in the neighborhood over the past decade. Past projects include Bright Side of the Road II (2015), which transformed a neglected city space on Congress Street into an unexpected, gardenlike oasis through “guerilla urban gardening” and Shimmer, an installation of fluorescent and jewel-toned plexiglass that activated the Congress Street bridge in Fort Point (“Follow the Fort Point Rainbow,“ Steve Annear, BostonMagazine.com, August 21, 2014). This project is generously funded by Boston Properties. Photo: Sylvia Stagg: Giuliano __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Who Wears Wool? Hilary Zelson
On view through December 2015 PRESS RELEASE FPAC is pleased to announce that Hilary Zelson was selected to create a new floating sculpture for this fall’s Fort Point Arts Community Floating Public Art project. This project marks eleven years of FPAC’s collaboration with Friends of Fort Point Channel on temporary public art in the Fort Point Channel. The project is also funded by the Fort Point Channel Operations Board. Who Wears Wool floats in the Art Basin (between Summer and Congress Street Bridges) and will remain on view through the end of November. The installation was timed to coincide with FPAC’s 36th Open Studios event. More than 150 artists opened their studio doors to thousands of visitors in celebration of 36 years of Open Studios in Fort Point. The sculptural installation is composed of two large-scale multicolored sheep fashioned from recycled and new materials that are approximately 12’ tall and rest on a 10’ x 10’ dock, engaging the audience through an imaginative, otherworldly experience in the harbor environment. Although visually light hearted, Who Wears Wool reflects the significant history of art and business in Fort Point. The history and influence of Boston’s wool trade is largely unknown today, yet the cycle of its rise and fall parallels key contemporary issues. Through a comedic lens, the artwork hints at gentrification, class structure, sustainability, outsourcing locally versus overseas, environmentalism, consumerism, and the shift of industrial production from natural handmade materials to inexpensive synthetic materials.
PYR 2014, Don Eyles
Installed in 2014, PYR 2014 is expected to remain on view through 2019.
Location: Fort Point Channel between Congress and Summer Street
Support for FPAC’s Public Art Series is provided by a grant from the Fort Point Channel Operations Board with funds from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License #11419 for Russia Wharf, now Atlantic Wharf. The Fort Point Channel Operations Board is made up of representatives from the City of Boston, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Fort Point Channel Abutters Group, who oversee the implementation of public benefits required from private development along the Fort Point Channel.