Public Art Fall 2012

In conjunction with Fort Point’s 33rd Annual Open Studios, FPAC presents 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 transforms Fort Point sidewalks into colorful dance floors.

A series of five “dance spots” prominently located throughout the Fort Point neighborhood, each with a dance diagram drawn on the sidewalk with color-saturated chalks. Paired with a particular song, passers by can access an online component  via QR code. Scan the QR on a smart phone to hear the music, 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 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.

Dance Spot 1: Channel Center Street, across form Midway Studios
Dance Spot 2 & 3: either side of Summer Street over A Street
Dance Spot #4: 327 A Street
Dance Spot 5: on Binford Green, A Street & Binford, outside Barlow’s

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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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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