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 to artists: Floating Art Installation

Request for Proposals for Temporary Public Art in the Fort Point Channel: Fort Point Arts Community Public Art Series in conjunction with Fall Open Studios 2016 Applications must be received electronically by midnight EST, Sunday, August 21st Fort Point Arts Community, Inc., and the Friends of Fort Point Channel are seeking proposals for a temporary work of public art for installation in conjunction with its annual fall Open Studios event in October 2016. One award of $10,000 for a prominent, temporary work of public art sited in, or making significant use of the Fort Point Channel between the Summer and Congress Street bridges. Specific requirements for proposed installations are listed in Appendix A section below on this form. Link to the full RFP

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PUBLIC ART PROJECTS FOR SPRING 2016 Open Studios

Baer_WhyChroma photo: Lindsay Baer

Why Chromasome, by 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. Shimmer 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.   REKER, WATER, Elm Park, 2010 Image courtesy of Ken Reker

Double Trouble, by 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" 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 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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 hansen

 

  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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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.