Tropical Fort Point

by Peter Agoos

April 28 – June 15, 2014


photo credit: Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano





















Peter Agoos’ ‘Tropical Fort Point’ kicks off FPAC public art in 2014 and the lead up to FPAC Spring Open Studios. See it when it goes up April 28th, and read below for information on the project in his own words:

“The struggle for quality public open space in the neighborhood and the likelihood of climate change-induced rising sea levels are the conceptual parents of Tropical Fort Point. Inspired in part by seeing the Sudbury River at spring flood turning the adjacent wetland woods into wooded wetlands—trees apparently growing out of a lake, with an occasional canoe or kayak slipping between the trunks — the concept was initially planned as an evergreen installation called Fort Point Forest. The design evolved to embrace the low centers of gravity, salt-resistance, and wind-shedding characteristics of Majesty Palms and grew the new title of Tropical Fort Point. This tongue–in–cheek preview of the effect of rising tides stakes a claim to the Channel wetscape as an unexploited green space. A rendering of the future installation is to the right.”

Tropical Fort Point and Fort Point’s Floating Art Series is made possible by the generous support of 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. For more information, please visit Friends of Fort Point Channel has partnered with The Fort Point Arts Community since 2005 to activate the Fort Point Channel with temporary displays of public art.

Additional support for Tropical Fort Point 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.

Tropical Fort Point was selected by a jury of artists, arts professionals, and community members. FPAC thanks our selection panel:

Elizabeth Devlin Founder and Digital Curator at Flux. Boston

Karin Goodfellow Boston Art Commissioner

Cher Krause Knight Associate Professor of Art History, Emerson College. Co-founder of the organization Public Art Dialogue. Co-founder and co-editor of the journal Public Art Dialogue (Routledge). Author of the book, Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (Blackwell-Wiley).

Michael Moss Musician, artist, and long-time Fort Point resident and business owner, Michael has completed numerous public art installations in Fort Point.

Danielle Pillion Executive Director, Friends of Fort Point Channel

Traci Roloff Co-founder of FilzFelt, and Fort Point resident

View the press release

View additional press:

Boston Magazine, Take a Staycation in Fort Point: Artist Spruces Up the Harbor With Floating Palm Trees

BostInno, So, There’s a Tropical Forest Floating in the Fort Point Channel Right Now

Boston Globe, Boston-area To Do List