To launch the Fort Point Cultural Coalition's (FPCC). 2d Annual Public Art Series. Once again, members of New England's largest artists' community are taking over Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, turning bridges into musical instruments, an industrial block into a nature walk and literally floating their art for all to see.
To launch the Fort Point
Cultural Coalition's (FPCC)
2d Annual Public Art Series
(Boston) Once again, members of New England's largest artists' community are taking over Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, turning bridges into musical instruments, an industrial block into a nature walk and literally floating their art for all to see. Focused on expanding the visibility of this vibrant and vocal community, the Fort Point Cultural Coalition (FPCC) is continuing its ambitious public art series. This year's events commenced in April with the successful "Fort Point Vision for Public Art: A Multidisciplinary Charrette" hosted by Ricardo Barreto, Christina Lanzl and Jed Speare.
The charrette achieved its goal of bringing together a diverse group of artists, organizations, community activists and city officials who all insist on having a say in the art-related plans for the Fort Point and Big Dig areas. Over 60 participants representing such organizations as the BRA (City of Boston), SAND, Urban Arts Institute, Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the Children's Museum, Mobius, NEFA, Boston Cyberarts Festival, FPAC, the LEF Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners and Gillette came together to envision the possibilities for public art and public space in this unusual neighborhood. The Summer Solstice Celebration will spill the spirit of that charrette out onto the sidewalks and into the channel. Over sixteen artists will have a field day merrily making a creative splash on the water and streets of Fort Point. The festivities will then peak with a free outdoor reception and gala block party, with music, dancing and live performances.
The solstice lineup includes:
*Bike Parade - a decorated bike parade, beginning and ending on the Summer St. Bridge, where it then culminates into a block party - organized by Melora Kuhn
*Bridge Play - 100 sets of chimes hung along the Summer St. Bridge - by Claire Eder
*Labyrinth - a bright blue tape labyrinth on the Children's Museum wharf - by Margaret B. Tittemore
*Nature Walk - a series of information placards mounted throughout Fort Point - by Chris Nau
*Peer Amid - a new floating sculpture in the Fort Point Channel - by Don Eyles
*Spray Bomb -- a large welded sculpture of a bug repellent aerosol can - by Eric Legacy
*Super Art vs. Super Commerce - the penultimate showing of a week-long series of battles to the death between the artists' community and the developers - The And So No Sin Performance Troupe
*Time Lies - a series of round clocks set in cement dotting the landscape and evoking the countdown to artist and other tenant evictions - Nancy Adams and Slavco Sokolovski
Other artists participating in FPCC's Public Art Series are: Harriet Casdin-Silver, Mark Brown, Lisa Greenfield, Jennifer Moses, Joanne Kaliontzis, Ana Crowley and Jeff Smith.
Friday, June 21st, noon to 9:30 pm (includes bicycle parade, 5:30 pm; outdoor reception on the Summer St. Bridge, 6:30 pm; outdoor block party, with music, dancing and live performances, 7:30 pm)
free; for more information call Mobius at 617-542-7416
For more information on the Fort Point Cultural Coalition's (FPCC's) Public Art Series, see the projects' website at http://www.saveourstudios.org.
The FPCC's Public Art Series is funded with support from the Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Boston Foundation Arts Fund.
Boston's Artist-Run Center
for Experimental Work in All Media
354 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
outside throughout the Fort Point Channel area of South Boston; near South Station and the Childrens' Museum