Mission Hill Park Archway and Interactive Fountain
These two playful pieces were created by local artist Ross Miller during the renovation of Mission Hill Park in 2004. The interactive fountain plaza features fifteen twisting stainless steel columns, which emerge from a flower pattern set in the ground. Equipped with motion censors, the columns respond to the movements of people playing in the fountain and erupt with jets of water. At night and in winter, colored floodlights illuminate the fountain, which transforms into a surrealistic sculpture.
During his design process, Miler took note of the rosette-shaped windows of the nearby Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a longtime Boston landmark (and the site of Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral). The windows’ forms are echoed in the base of the fountain, the curved forms of the archway, and the flower-like details that embellish the park’s benches and fences.