Public Art

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.

current call for submissions

Request for Proposals for Temporary Public Art
Fort Point Arts Community Public Art Series in conjunction with Spring Open Studios

NEW DEADLINE: Applications must be received electronically by midnight EST, Sunday, April 24, 2016 

Fort Point Arts Community seeks proposals for two temporary public art projects and two participatory projects in conjunction with Spring Open Studios. The works of art will engage the public, highlight the Fort Point neighborhood and its creative community and promote Open Studios.

Four Awards Available


1.One
 $7,500 award for a temporary public art installation to use any of the following suggested locations:

  • the hardscape outside of the FPAC Space at the Envoy Hotel. This piece is sited to highlight FPAC’s new space which will host Made in Fort Point, FPAC’s co-op store, and a variety of performances and exhibitions. (location noted by blue arrow 1 on map below)
  • The Floating Art Basin (location noted by blue arrow 2 below)
  • The chain link fence on A- Street between Binford and Mount Washington Streets (location noted by blue arrow 3 on map below)

2.One $5,000 award for a prominent work of public art sited in or making significant use of the Fort Point Channel between the Summer and Congress Street bridges, or along the Harbor Walk. Specific requirement for proposed installations are listed in Appendix A. (Arrow with Harborwalk below details the possible locations on map below)

3.Two $750 awards for participatory public art projects to be produced on Saturday and Sunday of Open Studios Weekend, June 18 and 19, 2016.

(Although sites in Fort Point different than those listed above may be proposed, please keep in mind that a goal of FPAC’s public art projects during Open Studios is to knit together the Fort Point neighborhood and encourage visitors to travel from building to building. Proposed locations will be considered with this in mind; works should be prominently located in the neighborhood. The selection committee will take visibility into account when reviewing proposals ).

view the full RFP 

To view past public art, view the archives page.

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Celestial: Winter Lights on the Harbor

 

"Celestial" Art installation by Claudia Ravaschiere and Mike Moss. At Atlantic Wharf in Boston, MA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Who Wears Wool? Hilary Zelson

On view through December 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Zelson_WhoWearsWoolFPAC 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.

 

 

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Artist at Work, John Hansen

On view Fall 2015 during Fort Point Open Studios

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This project featured a plexiglass and solar LED sculpture by John Hansen, and is installed on the Fort Point Harborwalk. Funded by the Fort Point Operations Board.

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PYR 2014, Don Eyles

Installed in 2014, PYR 2014 is expected to remain on view through 2019. 

photo credit: Denise Bosco

photo credit: Denise Bosco

Don Eyles, PYR 2014
In 1998 Fort Point artist Don Eyles floated his first pyramid in Fort Point Channel, marking the water as a venue for art and opening the doors to years of temporary art installations to come. The installation was a bold move, made independently, and completely self-funded.

“Consider the history has passed along the cobbled streets of Boston — all the men and women, famous or unremembered, who have walked and rode here, crossed our bridges, gathered in our public spaces, imported and exported, bought and sold — always with granite cobblestones beneath their feet and wheels. I have long dreamed of making this history tangible, by constructing a great pyramid from the cobblestones uprooted by the City’s recent development.”

Eyles’ newest pyramid, PYR 2014 floated in the Art Basin (between Summer and Congress Street Bridges) in October 2015. The piece is currently located in Fort Point Channel south of the Summer Street Bridge.

This project is funded by the Fort Point Operations Board and Friends of Fort Point Channel.
See the pyramid as it takes shape: http://pyr2014.tumblr.com

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.