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Dream Catching: Phil David Fine Memorial

Artist:

Wen-Ti Tisen

Location:

Boston Arts Academy  

Location

Boston Arts Academy
United States
42° 20' 46.4568" N, 71° 5' 42.6372" W

Neighborhood:

Fenway

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2004

Medium:

Bronze and stainless steel

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Browne Fund

Description:

Dream Catching is a collection of eighteen bronze silhouettes and several mirror-finished stainless steel plates attached in a wide-ranging pattern to the outer walls of the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School. The silhouettes are simple figures drawn from prehistoric and folk art sources, such as spirals from a pre-historic cave carving in Ireland; Hanuman, the monkey god from a tree shrine in Rajasthan; India, a Rain Goddess from a prehistoric cave painting in Zimbabwe; and the Tree of Life from a nineteenth-century Kentucky quilt. The subjects were chosen by the artist, Wen-ti Tsen, and Academy students to represent art’s ancient sources. The steel mirrors, open to any and every impression, represent the open possibilities for creating the art of the future. Thus the artist gives the Academy’s students a solid basis in the past from which to dream the yet-to-be-created art of the future.

Phil David Fine, a Boston civic leader and philanthropist, was a founder of The Fund for the Arts to support the creation of new public artworks. Dream Catching is both a commemoration of Fine and a celebration of his devotion to innovative art. It was dedicated in 2004.

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