Boston Harbor [re]creation creates platforms for artists to interpret the unique elements that comprise Boston Harbor, so that artists, in turn, may engage new audiences through creating place-based artwork that offers innovative educational and recreational opportunities for the public.
Harborwalk Artists in Residence: The Mythmakers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein
Beacon, a 20’ tall bamboo sculpture by The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein will be a monumental bamboo sculpture inspired by the Osprey as a tribute to Rachel Carson and her ecological restoration efforts in Boston and beyond. The Myth Makers public artwork will initiate the first project of the new Harborwalk Artist in Residence (AIR) program. The Myth Makers highlight the Osprey as a survivor and adapter in our rapidly evolving human landscape. Devastated by DDT poisoning, these skilled fish hawks are recovering from the brink of extinction, and are an inspiring example of the role humans can play in restoring balance when we engage the living world around us.
The Harborwalk is a great vantage point to study these rugged birds in the Boston Harbor. The sculpture will be installed at Head Island, also known as the Sugar Bowl, at the far end of the loop around Pleasure Bay. The artists will lead a processional celebration to install the sculpture on Sunday July 1st from 9:30AM - 11:30AM. This exciting parade is open to all ages. The artists will be present and after installation, there will be a brief dedication. The Myth Makers will discuss the legacy of Rachel Carson and citizen scientists worldwide who have contributed to science through personal observations and documentation. Meet at the entrance to the path to Head Island near the intersection of Farragut Road and William J Day Boulevard in South Boston at 9:30.
The sculpture will be on view at this location until Friday Sept 7th. In the late summer the Beacon will migrate to the Charlestown Navy Yard where it will be on view until Friday November 16th. The artists will host an Open Studios workshop on Saturday August 4th from 2p-4:30p at Head Island.
In the Harbor, Freedom Sings will be created by Artist Kera M. Washington who will metaphorically trace the footprints of African and Native (Indigenous) Americans who walked on and in the Boston Harbor Islands. Washington will compose songs and rhythms inspired by music that was written by early activists and abolitionists during and/or about pre-Emancipation Boston-based struggles for freedom. Through percussion workshops and public performances on George’s Island, Washington will explore the messages in this music that are relevant today, and share this (new) music and creation with visitors of the islands. This music and its messages of inspiration will speak to the continuing struggles for liberty that African and Native (Indigenous) Americans still experience today. The Open Studios for this project will be on George’s Island on Sunday August 19, 2-4:30.
In Shore Line Recall, the public are invited to join artist Freedom Baird in recording their experiences of the Boston Harbor Islands’ lowest-lying areas which are in danger of vanishing with rise in sea-level caused by climate change. For each day of the residency, Baird will visit the most vulnerable areas of each island and set up The Human Nature Field Desk, a portable, weather-resistant desk where participants will create 2-D visual art and text to capture their impressions. These records will be bound into an archival volume which will serve as a document of future places long-gone. The public is invited to participate in the project and contribute to the art being created during each day of her residency:
Sun Aug 19 (12:30-4:30pm): George's Island
Tues Aug 21 (noon-3pm): Peddocks Island
Weds Aug 22 (11am-3pm): Lovells Island
Thurs Aug 23 (10am-2pm): Spectacle Island
Fri Aug 24 (10am-2:30pm): Bumpkin Island
Visit http://freedombaird.org/human-nature/shore-line-recall/ for more info on specific locations to find her pop-ups.
Artists have been selected through a juried process.
Carolina Aragón is a public artist and an Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her artwork seeks to connect communities to their local landscapes by creating interactive installations that act as environmental sensors, and engaging communities in the creation of landscape inspired art pieces. As an artist and academic, her research and creative work focus on public art as a medium to experiment with innovative materials, transform urban landscapes, and engage communities. Carolina’s installations have been exhibited in Boston, Cambridge, and Governor’s Island, NY. Her work has been recognized by the BSLA Western Massachusetts chapter, and has been displayed in the National Park Service’s “100 Years of Arts in the Parks.”
Cowan became The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s first Public Art Curator in 2014. Previously, he directed the Public Art Program for the Maryland State Arts Council, where he spearheaded the passage of legislation requiring all state-funded capital project to include public art in their construction, and was the Senior Curator of Exhibits for Millennium Park and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in Chicago, IL. Cowan has served on juries and panels across the United States, and has consulted on cultural park planning for cities such as San Francisco and Chicago. Cowan was most recently elected to the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council and previously served on the board of trustees for the International Sculpture Center, publishers of Sculpture magazine.
Ashleigh Gordon is a contemporary musician and arts programmer, presenting work locally and internationally. Artistic Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black artistry through music, she brings thought-provoking concert experiences blending music, spoken word, history and culture to classrooms and concert halls. In recognition for her work, she has presented at IDEAS UMass Boston and 180 Degrees Festival in Bulgaria; has been featured in the International Musician Magazine, Boston Globe and The Improper Bostonian; and was awarded the 2016 Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award from the American Federation of Musicians. She is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient, graduate of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, New England Conservatory and Baldwin-Wallace University.
Annis Sengupta has been working for over a decade at the intersection of culture, urban planning, and community development. She is currently working as the Regional Arts & Culture Planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for the 101 cities and towns that comprise the Greater Boston region. Annis engages in work that uses arts and culture as a basis for community revitalization and the forging of new partnerships among individuals, non-profit organizations, government actors, and the business community. She provides technical planning support on arts & culture planning, cultural and historic asset mapping, creative placemaking, creative community development, and cultural economic development. Annis’ portfolio of projects include a study of cultural and non-profit "Facilities of Public Accommodation" for the Boston waterfront and a Waterfront Activation Plan for the Charlestown Navy Yard. She completed her PhD in Urban and Regional Studies at MIT in 2012.
Charles Tracy is the National Park Service lead for advancing art partnerships and developing national park artist-in-residence programs throughout the U.S. Current projects include Art on the Trails to Freedom in Boston with New England Foundation for the Arts; the Heritage Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program Spain-United States in San Francisco with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy; and, Imagine Your Parks, a national initiative with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Celebrate with us!!
Beacon Installation Parade
The first piece to be installed as a part of the Boston Harbor [re]creation AIR Program will be Beacon, a 20 foot sculpture created by The Mythmakers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlin. The artists will be leading a celebratory parade to the installation of the piece and afterwards there will be a brief dedication!
Kickoff celebration, featuring music, performance, and participatory visual art. Meet the Artists in Residence and learn about their projects. This free boat ride will feature music, performance, poetry, and participatory visual art, showcasing intergenerational and diverse expressions upriver, celebrating the art and culture that flow along the many waterways into Boston Harbor. Don’t miss this wonderful free event!
With many of our communities located within a short distance from Boston Harbor, Boston Harbor Now, through funding from The Boston Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, Reynders McVeigh Capital Management and Fresh Pond Capital wishes to introduce (or re-introduce) communities to the enjoyment of Boston Harbor so we can all take advantage of this great resource.
Open Studios Workshops
Each of the artists-in-residence will be hosting an Open Studios workshop for their pieces that will provide the opportunity for people to meet with the artists and learn more about the inspiration behind each piece.
The Mythmakers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlin, Beacon:
When: Saturday August 4th, 2:00 – 4:30 P.M.
Where: Head Island
Kera Washington, From the Harbor, Freedom Sings:
When: Saturday August 11th, 2:00 – 4:30 P.M.
Where: Georges Island
Freedom Baird, Shore Line Recall: (multiple dates)
Day & Date
High Tide Time
Sat July 21
Houghs Neck, Nut Island, Quincy
Sun July 22
Webb Memorial State Park, Weymouth
Sun July 29
World’s End, Hingham
Sun Aug 5
Deer Island, Winthrop
Day & Date
High Tide Times
Sat Aug 18
Sun Aug 19
Mon Aug 20
Tues Aug 21
Weds Aug 22
Thurs Aug 23
Fri Aug 24
To view the official press release for the 2018 Artists-in-Residency program click the link below!
The summer of 2017 featured an Artist in Residence program based on Spectacle Island, and a temporary sculpture exhibition on Peddocks Island. Artwork creatively interfaced with the natural environment and activated culture, and history of the Boston Harbor Islands.
About the 2017 Artists in Residence:
Ryan Edwards is a Boston-based composer and interdisciplinary artist, as well as the co-founder and drummer of Afro-Beat band Federator N°1 with a background in West African drum and dance, jazz and new-music composition. He is a New Music America Grant Recipient, and travels the world to make people dance to his multi-genre music and art. In his residency, Ryan captured sounds of the island and made new sample / triggered / electronic instruments. With these new instruments, he wrote, performed and recorded a suite of songs for the island, on the island, and in a way, by the island. Read more about the works of Ryan Edwards: http://www.ryanedwards.info
Field Recordings made 8/2/17- 8/10/17 by Edwards on Spectacle Island were recorded with an H4n Zoom mobile recording device. All files are raw and unedited. Edwards “created tracks” with all sounds sourced, created, written and mixed on Spectacle Island, in the yurt.
Daniel Zeese is an artist, designer and educator practicing in Boston. His latest work explores populations, belonging and identity within urban environments. He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Sculpture, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College in 2015. In his residency, Daniel Zeese investigated what it means to be on the edge of civilization and the wilderness. Zeese produced a series of narrative vignettes and imaginary landscapes using collages of scanned images collected from the island as well as wearable sculptures. The body of work Daniel created in this residency is called “Toile” and can be best seen on his website: danielzeese.com/new-index/
BIENNIAL PEDDOCKS ISLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
Peddock’s Island is a platform for artists to investigate, expand, and challenge the creative potential of landscape management through sculptural installation made primarily of invasive plant species harvested on the island.
Josh Falk is a Boston based mixed-media artist. Born and raised in North-Central, MA he spent most of his time exploring the outdoors, skateboarding and painting graffiti. Falk began to use photography as a means to document his various urban explorations and it soon became his main creative focus. More recently his work has evolved to include collages, painting, and site-specific sculpture work.
A Tree wind chime using Norway Maple saplings are layered to create a
dense, bark-like look. Leaf-like sections of Japanese knotweed create a hollow
acoustic sound. The Tree is the centerpiece of an interactive Zen garden for visitors
to Peddocks Island to explore.
Gary Orlinsky is a public artist whose site-specific installations have been shown in museums, parks and gardens throughout the United States. He currently teaches at Assumption College and in the Commonwealth College Honors Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Porta is a tall, graceful towering gateway using stacked logs, an open grid work, and a double cantilevered roof spanning the structure. Views of land, sea, forest and sky are framed by the structure, and these landscapes become part of the piece.
Kerri Schmidt is a Boston-based multimedia artist and educator. She seeks to create points of entry into her art that engage and invite interaction and develop new ways of seeing and knowing. Her nature-based experiences and a profound pleasure for small moments encountered during daily life are deeply rooted in her artwork and reflect the conversations she creates with the world.
“Two-Family Cottage” is be a human scale duplex bird's nest made out of oriental bittersweet vines, maple saplings, and soft nesting materials (grass, yarn, fiber, flowers, string).
Gianna Stewart is Boston-based artist with a passion for public art. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University. She developed her signature technique for casting resins with Midden, a dozen oysters of mythical proportions installed on the Greenway.
Invasive Maple trees distribute their seeds via a winged nut known
as a samara. These small specimens float through the air, spinning to the ground.
Samaras consists of oversized samaras suspended in midair, cast in transparent
plastic that catch the sunlight as they gently spin overhead Battery Whitman.
Kristen Wyman is a member of the Natick Nipmuc tribe of Massachusetts and a longtime
advocate for access to public lands, environmental justice and rights to self-determination for tribal peoples of New England. Over the past decade, Kristen has focused much of her work on youth development and women’s programming. She held positions with the National Park Service, US Geological Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education and Natural Resource Departments and developed curriculum material compatible with tribal epistemologies and statewide learning standards in STEM. As the Community Programs Coordinator with Gedakina, Kristen collaborates with tribal youth and families to increase access to indigenous knowledge, restore traditional lifeways, and strengthen indigenous economies.
Nia Holley is a recent graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Her interests include the integration of traditional Nipmuc art forms with modern materials and usage and the rooting out of the politics that prevent communities from thriving. Most recently, she has been focusing on creating various objects and their relationship to the body as her work is largely based off of the various experiences Black and Native bodies undergo. The objects she creates are reflections of said experiences. Since 2012, she has been working under the concept of survival, ranging specifically from cultural survival and now to other various and sometimes discreet forms of survival adopted generationally.
Members of the Nipmuc, Massachuset, and Wampanoag tribes collaborated to
create a Fish Weir, as a way to introduce park visitors to the very unique relationship of Eastern Woodland peoples to the coastal environments of Massachusetts Bay.
Kristen and Calista Wyman