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.

Floating Art for fall 2016 Open Studios

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Ann Hirsh 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 Hirsh & 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.

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spring 2016 public art at Open Studios

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Photo: Lindsay Baer

Why Chromasome, by Lindsay Baer

“Why Chromasome examines the concept of the ​”desirable,” particularly as it pertains to our own bodies. The installation reclaims the mannequin, an object that exemplifies our expectations of the “default” form and/or the form we should strive to attain – one that is thin, white, able-bodied​, neurotypical, cisgender, and adheres to the outward appearance and mannerisms ascribed to its assigned gender. Plants will grow from the two bodies – one male and one female – until what was previously two distinct containers becomes a singular harmonious entity.” 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: 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.

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To view past public art, view the archives page.

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fall 2015 public art at Open Studios

Electric Pilgrims: Urban Arts Program, Emerson- October 17, 7pm

Emerson College’s Urban Arts Program of the School of the Arts presented Electric Pilgrimsan immersive projection event. The one-night event was planned in conjunction with Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and the 36th Annual Fort Point Open Studios.

Electric Pilgrims included a variety of video projections that illuminate Channel Center Street, featuring sound, live light projections, an interactive television wall, and video and slide projections on screens and across the buildings in a spectacular installation. The centerpiece of the multimedia experience was a main screen that showcased four video projections by Emerson College filmmakers, alumni, and colleagues including Interim Dean of the School of the Arts Robert Sabal, visual and audio media artist Andrew Neumann, New York and Boston media artist T. Marie, and St. Louis artist Van McElwee.

Approximately 20 projections throughout Electric Pilgrims featured works from the Urban Screen at Emerson’s Paramount Center with projections by Jim Campbell, San Francisco; Santiago Cucullu, Argentina-Milwaukee; John Craig Freeman, Boston (EC); Brian Knep, Boston; James Manning, Boston; Bruce Pearson, New York; John Powell, Boston; Erwin Redl, Austria; and Aldo Tambellini, Boston.

 

Who Wears Wool? Hilary Zelson PRESS RELEASE

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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 will float in the Art Basin (between Summer and Congress Street Bridges) in early October and will remain on view for approximately 6 weeks. The installation is timed to coincide with FPAC’s 36th Open Studios event. Fort Point Open Studios weekend will be held Friday through Sunday, October 16th-18th. More than 150 artists will open their studio doors to thousands of visitors as we celebrate 36 years of Open Studios in Fort Point. In addition to the Saturday and Sunday hours from 12 to 6pm, selected studios are open during a Friday Preview Evening, from 4pm to 7:00 pm on October 16th

The sculptural installation will be composed of two large-scale multicolored sheep fashioned from recycled and new materials, and will be approximately 12’ tall and will rest on a 10’ x 10’ dock. The project reflects on the significant history of Fort Point in the wool trade and will also entice and maintain audience engagement through an imaginative, otherworldly experience in the in the harbor environment.

Artist at Work, John Hansen

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This project features 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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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 will float in the Art Basin (between Summer and Congress Street Bridges) in early October. After one month, the piece will move 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.