Boston Art Commission

Thermopylae (1966)
Dimitri Hadzi
Bronze
JFK Federal Building, at Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist Announced

 

Upham's Corner

Above: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck, from Upham's Corner News Online

 

The Boston Art Commission is pleased to announce that Cedric Douglas has been selected as the lead artist for the Upham's Corner Public Art Project. Artist Katarzyna Balug will be joining Douglas as a collaborator. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, will commission Douglas to create an artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. 

During the first phase of the public artwork, Cedric Douglas will gather community input, incorporating feedback from residents into his final design. Central to this stage of the process is Douglas' Up Trucka mobile arts resource will serve the focal point for these community conversations. Once the final design is ready and the location has been selected, fabrication and installation of the permenant artwork will begin. 

The project seeks to contribute to the well-being of Fairmount communities by investing in the elevation and amplification of local cultural assets as one of many resources necessary for sustained community vitality. The goal of the project is to invest in neighborhood leadership and civic engagement through their cultural assets reinforcing opportunities for neighborhood branding, small business development and community vitality. 

Check back in the coming months for more updates on this exciting new public artwork, and click here to learn more about the project and chosen artist, Cedric Douglas.

 

Above: Mayor Marty J. Walsh at the announcement of the Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist 

 

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Above: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck, from Upham's Corner News Online

 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial

Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial will be on view at the Boston Public Library from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, May 11. Visit our temporary art listing for more information about the exhibition and related programs around the city. 

The tragic events of April 15th, 2013 resulted immediately in an outpouring of support by first responders, runners, the local community and well-wishers from around the world. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes.

Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection will be displayed—in one of Boston’s most important civic buildings—so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

Dear Boston has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, the Boston Art Commission, the New England Museum Association, and the Boston Public Library. It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 Portrait of a City RFP

The Mayor's Office is proud to announce a Request for Proposals for the new project, "Portrait of a City." Boston-based artists are invited to submit for consideration two-dimensional work that captures some aspect of contemporary life in Boston. All submitted work must be able to be framed at a standard size (up to 24"x36"), and must be available in editions. Selected artwork(s) will be purchased by the Mayor's office by edition, with an initial purchase of up to 30 editions. Apply here by April 7th, 2014. Please contact Karin Goodfellow with any questions: karin.goodfellow@boston.gov

 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 Dudley Municipal Center Finalists Announced!

Dudley Municipal Center Finalists Announced!

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission are proud to announce the finalists for the Dudley Square Municipal Center. After a national search, the Project Selection Committee has chosen two Boston artists to create artworks for the building: Napoleon Jones-Henderson for the Wall Design project and Meejin Yoon for the Outdoor Sculpture project. In addition to showcasing exciting, site-specific work by professional artists, the Dudley Square Municipal Center will also celebrate the artwork of a Boston Public School Student, Clarita Stephens, who was encouraged to apply by her teacher Alisa Rodny.

“The Dudley Square Municipal Center will be the next great building in Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a critical step in the ongoing economic revitalization of Dudley Square, using the neighborhood’s past as a foundation to build its future.”

In early November, Jones-Henderson and Yoon were selected amongst a group of six finalists to develop public art proposals for the Dudley Square Municipal Center. They presented their conceptual designs at public meetings on Monday, January 20th and Tuesday, January 21st at Community Room at Central Boston Elder Services in Dudley Square.  BPS students submitted designs for the 81’ x11’6” acoustic panel to go in the School Committee Room.  Recently selected, the winning student will receive a $3,000 award for her design work and will consult with James Hobin, a professional artist who has worked with BPS students in the past, in order to finalize her proposal.

Acoustic Panel: Clarita Stephens

Clarita Stephens Dudley conceptual design

Clarita Stephens grew up in the Roxury, attended Pilot Middle School in Dorchester and now is a senior at the Burke High School, also in Dorchester.  

“I have had art classes on and off in school. I am interested in everything when it comes to art. I love colors. I am also very interested in fashion,” says Clarita Stephens, who does not yet know her plans after graduation. “I feel a little shocked but grateful and honored that my work was chosen. When I was working on my piece I felt good because I was to be able to express how I felt about the city that I love and grew up in in the form of Art, which I also love.” 

Wall Design: Napoleon Jones-Henderson

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Jones-Henderson’s vibrant, saturated palette and joyful abstract designs will be a welcome addition to the new Municipal building. Henderson has installations at Rhode Island Convention Center, Black Falcon Cruise ship Terminal, South Boston, and Roxbury Community College. He is an activist image maker and educator, and he has been an engaged member of the Boston art world as well as the Roxbury community for over three decades. His sophisticated enamel murals and large-scale sculptures have gained national acclaim, and we are proud to add his work to the city’s public art collection. "History does not make appointments,” according to Jones-Henderson.  “As an image-maker struggle is my key ingredient, the fuel that drives the creative impulse. Struggle is a wonderfully invigorating force for the artistic spirit. As I am concerned with issues of universal humanity, I struggle and agitate to create works that advance these concerns. Consequently my works are pregnant with images which strive to resonate as visual music. Roxbury’s various ethnic groups have a long history of music as a central element of life.”  Jones-Henderson sees music as the adhesive that binds people together into a community. Music was also a key influence during his development of Roxbury Rhapsody. It is indeed an honor to create an enamel mural that celebrates this quilted history of Roxbury.” He also quotes James Baldwin from Nobody Knows My Name “The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but rather, the reality of the force the thing contains." .

Outdoor Sculpture: Meejin Yoon


Yoon’s dramatic, contemporary approach to envisioning public art in Dudley Square promises to create a cultural beacon for the Roxbury area and will be a stunning addition to the City of Boston’s public art collection. Both living and working in the Leather District, Yoon, a Principal at  Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP / MY Studio and an Associate Professor at MIT,  has been an involved Bostonian for over a decade. Her works have explored how technologies can transform architecture and the public realm, as well as how media can act as a material and a medium for contemporary art practice. 

Describing her initial concept, Yoon states, “I am quite honored by this opportunity to create an ambitious public art work for Dudley Square which will act as a sculptural beacon for the site.  The project through form and light traces the relationship of Roxbury to the city of Boston historically from one of its original three towns to its central position among twenty-one neighborhoods, creating a dynamic visualization of the site as a hub of flows through the city.”

Dudley Square Municipal Center

The Dudley Square Municipal Center will be designed by the team made up of local architecture firm Sasaki Architects and Netherlands-based design firm Mecanoo. The project will incorporate the façades of three historic buildings in a National Register Historic District: The Ferdinand Building at the apex of Washington and Warren Streets, and the Curtis and Waterman buildings on Washington Street. 

The Dudley Municipal Center is located at the intersection of Washington Street and Warren Street in Dudley Square, Roxbury, and will serve primarily as an office building for some 520 employees from two City agencies: the Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Office of Jobs and Community Services.  The building will be approximately 215,000 square feet in size, with about 160,000 square feet of occupied area, of which 140,000 will be office use.  There is a public meeting room on the sixth floor that will be open to community or other groups in need of a meeting space.  Almost 20,000 square feet will be devoted to street-level neighborhood retail. 

The Selection Committee Members

Ted Landsmark, President at Boston Architectural College 
Tyra Sidberry, advisor at Fund for Arts at the New England Foundation for the Arts
Barry Gaither, Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists 
Pedro Alonzo, independent curator
Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director of Discover Roxbury
Myran Parker Brass, Eexecutive Director for the Arts for Boston Public Schools
Nick Brooks, Senior Associate, in representation of Sasaki Associates and Mecanoo
Joe Mulligan, Deputy Director, in representation of Property and Construction Management
Karin Goodfellow, Director, in representation of the Boston Art Commission

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Artists Clarita Stephens, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, and Meejin Yoon tour the Dudley Municipal Center
Dudley Design Team

Architects and Artists, Members of the Dudley Design Team at the Dudley Municipal Center.

Front Row: Francine Houben, Maureen Anderson, Alisa Rodny, Clarita Stephens, James Hobin, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Meejin Yoon, Alex Marshall. Back Row: Alistair Lucks, Joe Mulligan, Nick Brooks

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 Mayor Walsh Appoints New Members to the Boston Art Commission

We are excited to announce that two new members have been appointed to the Boston Art Commission. Lisa Tung and Evan Garza were sworn in on February 12th, 2014. Their five year terms begin immediately.

Evan Garza was selected for a discretionary position for distinguished service to the arts and Lisa Tung was nominated by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Both Garza and Tung are active members of the Boston art scene, and their expertise will be a valuable addition to the BAC in its continuing effort to provide the City of Boston with truly exceptional public art.  

From left: Evan Garza, Lisa Tung, and City Clerk Maureen Feeney

Evan Garza

Evan Garza is Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator for The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), where he assists in organizing the School’s exhibition program and oversees visiting artist lectures and programs both at SMFA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Garza has worked as an art critic for nearly a decade, and his writing has been published by Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, ART PAPERS, and in several museum publications and international journals. As a curator, he has organized several exhibitions nationally, and has been a guest speaker on contemporary art at Harvard University, MIT, Cornell University, MassArt, and for a number of international art organizations. Garza is the Co-founder and Assistant Director of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first residency program in the United States exclusively for LGBTQ artists, where he also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Lisa Tung

Lisa Tung is the Director and Curator for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the nation's first independent public college of art and design. Through her vision and talents, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries have been recognized as a significant contemporary venue for thought-provoking exhibitions and for debuting installations created specifically for and at MassArt. She has championed the expanding impact of MassArt’s premier exhibition space as a vital cultural resource for the college, Boston, and beyond. Ms. Tung and her exhibitions have received numerous awards including Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2012: Best Curator. She received her B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Feminist History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Leeds, UK.

 

From left: Lisa Tung, Karin Goodfellow (BAC Director), and Evan Garza

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Request for Qualifications for Green Line Extension Art Commission

WHAT IS GLX?

The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project is an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

The project will extend the MBTA Green Line from a new and relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and to College Avenue in Medford. While proposals to extend public transit service north from Lechmere date back many decades, the current phase of planning began in 2005 with the completion of the MBTA's Beyond Lechmere Northwest Corridor Study. It was a Major Investment Study/Alternatives Analysis that evaluated a wide range of technology and operating plans for the area, including a mixture of Green Line extensions, rapid bus transit, and commuter rail enhancements.  

Bringing MBTA light rail service to this corridor will greatly improve local and regional mobility, thus addressing longstanding transportation inequities. It will also result in fewer automobiles on local roads, which will help to combat greenhouse gas emissions, and other components of air pollution. The Green Line Extension Project will also support municipal plans for sustainable growth and urban redevelopment, while providing residents of environmental justice communities with faster rides to work, and other destinations.

The proposed service consists of two distinct parts: the "mainline" and the "branch". The mainline will operate within the existing right-of-way of the MBTA Lowell Line. It will begin at the new Lechmere Station in Cambridge and travel north to Medford. The branch line will operate within the existing right-of-way of the MBTA Fitchburg Line and it will travel to Union Square in Somerville. There will be seven new stations constructed as part of the project, including the relocated Lechmere Station. A vehicle storage and maintenance facility will also be constructed.  Once completed, trains will operate every five to six minutes in the peak periods, providing fast and efficient service to downtown Boston.

For more information please visit the project homepage

 

WHAT IS THE ART COMMISSION PROJECT?

In conjunction with the Cambridge & Somerville Art Councils, the MBTA will commission multiple artists to design artistic elements of the GLX stations. The art component of the stations must be integrated into their design. There is a desire for the artwork to provide a unifying factor throughout the transit system, while still managing to distinguish the station platforms from one another and enhancing the rider's travel experience. It is envisioned that this will happen through artistic treatment of:

- Fences
- Screen Walls
- Railings
- Porcelain Enamel Panels
- Site Elements
- Retaining Walls
- Glazing
- Lighting
- Ceilings
- Tile Wall Surfaces
+ Additional Features

 

View the Request for Qualifications

View the MBTA's Architecturally Integrated Art Policy/Program

All RFQ submissions must be made using our Online Submission Process

 

Current Procurement Schedule:

  • February 6, 2014, 5:00 PM - Prequalification/information session
  • February 13, 2014 - Due date for questions on the RFQ
  • February 20, 2014, 12:00 noon - Application deadline
  • February-March 2014 - Application review and finalists notified
  • March 2014 - Community dialogues/neighborhood forums
  • March 2014 - Artists selection finalized
  • March-June 2014 - Artist engagement and design process
  • TBD - Execution and installation

The February 6th prequalification/information session will be held at:
GLX Project Office
100 Summer Street, Suite 250
Boston, MA 02110

Monday, January 13, 2014 Artist Presentations - Dudley Square Municipal Center Public Art Finalists

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Join us for presentations by the Dudley Square

Municipal Center Public Art Finalists!

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In early November, a group of six finalists were chosen to develop public art proposals for the Dudley Square Municipal Center. Since then, the artists have been hard at work on their proposals, and they will be presenting their conceptual designs at public meetings on Monday, January 20th and Tuesday, January 21st from 6-8pm in the Community Room at Central Boston Elder Services in Dudley Square. Each short-listed artist will have twenty minutes to present their concepts for either the Wall Design Project or the Outdoor Sculpture Project. Two artists will be chosen (one from the Wall Design group, the second from the Outdoor Sculpture group) to develop their designs for installation at the Dudley Municipal Center in November 2014. Images of the proposed designs and a schedule of the meetings can be seen below.

In addition to showcasing exciting, site-specific work by professional artists, the Dudley Square Municipal Center will also celebrate the artwork of Boston Public School Students. We are currently accepting proposals from current BPS students for the Acoustic Panel Project.  The deadline for entry is Monday, January 20th. Please encourage any and all Boston Public School students to fill out the application found here!

Take a look at the proposals and join us on 1/20 and 1/21 to hear the artists talk about their designs! Comment cards will be distributed to the audience during the presentations for selection committee review. If you are not able to make the presentations, send us an email at art@publicartboston.com. with your thoughts!

The Wall Design finalists are Best Dressed SignsCyrille Conan, and Napoleon Jones-Henderson.

The Outdoor Sculpture finalists are Christopher PuzioMadeline Weiner, and Meejin Yoon.

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Best Dressed Signs

Title: Mural

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Our design presents a conceptual interweaving of Dudley’s past, present, and future by knitting together Ferdinand’s iconic ghost-sign with a representation of a quilt that features historical design elements from Boston’s Elevated Railway. While the ghost-sign serves as a reminder of Roxbury’s bustling mercantile past, the flowing quilt is made up of fragments of Boston’s transportation history to represent the momentum of Roxbury’s vibrant, progressive, and diverse community. As the sign merges into the quilt, it begins to blow gently in the wind, suggesting a presence of movement—a force essential to the flow and transformation necessary for development. The bare brick exposed beneath the quilt suggests a burgeoning future of yet untapped possibilities for Dudley, Roxbury, and the City of Boston as a whole.

As sign artists and historians, we were intrigued by the mural advertisement that endured on the side of the Ferdinand building for so many years after its original use had ceased. Signs are one of the many features that help define a city’s character by lending a semantic meaning to places whose historical purpose may otherwise go unrecognized. We believe that the sign, as much as the historical structure itself, contributed to the iconic status of the Ferdinand Building, in part because its message remained steadfast in the face of many changes in the neighborhood over the years. Since the original sign had been painted in a time before the regulation of lead and other toxic chemicals in paint, it had to be removed. We propose a re-creation and a re-imagining of this prominent landmark consistent with the architectural developments of the Dudley Sq. Municipal Building project as a whole. ¬

By knitting the faded Ferdinand’s ghost-sign into a colorful quilt, we aim to evoke both a unified sense of nostalgia and aspiration as well as a unified sense of community. The geometric shapes that make up the pattern of the quilt are inspired by the structural elements of the Elevated Railway. The bright, glossy colors represent Ferdinand’s Blue Store, the Orange Line, and the green of the Elevated Railway’s structure. The modular architectural components of the El are presented in a fragmented, yet consistent way to celebrate the use of existing building blocks to construct a new and purposeful object. As the El connected different communities through public transportation, the interlacing of its aesthetic and structural components suggests a connection between the varied cultures and traditions of Roxbury’s dynamic community.

The quilt as a metaphor for diversity is an analogy deeply rooted in American tradition; a quilt represents a unified whole that’s been stitched together from disparate parts without any piece losing its distinctive characteristics. Like hand-made signs, quilts operate as functional pieces of art. But while signs are impassive, fixed, and have a commercial purpose, quilts are warm, flexible, and invite comfort. The conflation of a traditionally commercial art form with a conventionally domestic one represents Dudley’s future as a reinvigorated place of commerce, but also a place that many call home. By re-purposing the ghost-sign and the modular design elements of the El into a tapestry that laces together history and potential, we present a unique mural that addresses the complex and multi-layered dynamics of this vital neighborhood.

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Cyrille Conan

Title: Dudley

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This summer I was invited by FIGMENT, producers of local community-based art events, to participate in a mural festival at Bartlett Yard just outside of Dudley Square in Roxbury. As a resident of the Fort Hill neighborhood of Roxbury for the past five years, it was something I could not pass up. I was grateful to receive a prime spot right on Washington Street, visible to passersby. There was free spray paint donated to the event as well as a lift. This enabled me to produce the largest mural I had done to date. I met a large community of local artists. To the right of my designated spot was an artist named Ricardo Gomez. He produced a fantastic mural of the elevated Orange Line with details only someone who grew up locally could execute.

It's been over six months since that inspiring weekend. I regularly drive down Washington Street to visit the site. Unfortunately, it is scheduled to be demolished in the near future for a new development. The event at Bartlett Yard has been such a positive experience on so many levels. It was proof that there is a thriving arts scene here in Boston. It brought beauty to our neighborhood and brought people together. I've gained new friends and strengthened my ties to the community.

When I was short listed as one of the finalists for the Dudley Mural Design, I knew right away that I wanted to use the idea of a collaboration between Ricardo Gomez and myself as an inspiration for the mural. While working on my preliminary drawings, I've been studying the history of Dudley and Roxbury. I've come to learn quite a bit about my neighborhood. Since the proposed mural is for the central location for the Boston Public School Administration, I felt the content should contain an educational component. At the bottom of the mural will be a copy of The Liberator, the abolitionist newspaper founded by William LLoyd Garrison. Above this will be the elevated Orange Line coming  through a tunnel into the foreground. The train coming through the abstracted black and white grounds is a reference to the underground railroad. Above, sitting on the beginnings of a hill is an abstraction of a building. The darker side of the building will be painted in Ferdinand Blue, a trademark of the historical building. And finally, in the sky will be the letters R-O-X in the Pan-African colors weaving through an abstraction of black and white stripes. My intention with the mural is pay homage to the history of Roxbury while also, through elements of style, to represent its current state of transformation.

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Napoleon Jones-Henderson

Title: Roxbury Rhapsody

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I have for over three decades conceived and fabricated a number of commissions that have enhanced the environments in which they are located. These projects have been both large and small. Some are in large transportation facilities, schools, board rooms, institutions and private homes. In addition to the afore mentioned, I have created works that address the public landscape where people just walk about and generally get on with their daily lives.
This project is compatible with my approach to public art as a vital element of the lived environment we call community. Process is as well extremely important. The creation of a work that will enrich and enliven the landscape in which it is located should engage the community residents from its inception to the unveiling. They are in fact the co-collaborators of this entire enterprise. I have always engaged as many individuals as have wished to participate in the creative process of concept to fabrication. Never has there been anything except a satisfying outcome.
Usually I seek to include individuals and institutions within the given community to review my conceptual ideas and from that generate possibilities of further conceptual development into a final project design. This may involve short workshops or projects with schools, discussions with businesses in the area of immediate impact, churches and civic organizations.
My overarching concern is to create a work that will inspire and enliven the community landscape, open the hearts and minds of the people of that community in such a manner that they sense an ownership of the entire process and the subsequent work. I endeavor to embody my work with what I call “Visual Music”: a syncopated rhapsody of colors shapes, symbols and rhythms that stimulate the senses.
The imagery of the mural will investigate several areas of emphasis:
1. Early history of Roxbury beginning in 1603
2. Boston School Dept. educational historical highlights
3. Significant persons-events-contemporary and historical
4. Train a couple of apprentices in my technique of enamel working
5. Train docents to conduct public PowerPoint presentations (studio-community)
6. Develop Art-Making class workbook for area schools or entire school dept. use.

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Christopher Puzio 

Title: Catalyst: Dudley Square 

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Site

Catalyst is a sculpture that creates a public space for pedestrian connection and neighborhood identity within the revitalized urban center of Dudley square in the form of a bold new shade canopy.  Located at the intersection of Warren Street and the MBTA Dudley transit station, this new artwork announces the main pedestrian entrance to the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility with an elegant figural form composed of richly detailed and handcrafted metalwork. Catalyst offers a space for the thousands of commuters passing through Dudley Square everyday to rest, watch and enjoy the everyday dance of the neighborhood.

Composition

The overall sculptural gesture is a response to both the flowing geometry of the new Municipal Office Facility and the energy of the existing transit station context.  It is inspired by the energy of physical movement and pedestrian life of the neighborhood while simultaneously offering a place of rest to enjoy the space of the new entry plaza and Dudley Square.

The hand sculpted yet modern shade canopy is composed of thousands of elliptical metal rings of various size and shape that are individually formed and welded together to form a continuous flowing surface that is supported atop four figural columns at a height of fourteen feet above the plaza.  The highly complex pattern of the canopy projects a composition of shadow over the plaza

that creates a sense of visual movement.  This sense of movement is also echoed in the gestural forms of the four steel columns supports which twist as they rise through the canopy’s surface toward the sky.   

Materials and Methods

The production techniques used to produce Catalyst require the skills and expertise of traditional metal craftwork as well as the aid of contemporary advances in digital design and fabrication.  The overall sculptural form is generated and analyzed using digital modeling and engineering software, which in turn is used to create full-­‐scale sculptural templates that craftsman work from to hand fabricate and assemble the finished metalwork components.

Catalyst’s canopy shells will be fabricated in large sections from half-­‐inch thick aluminum plate that is water-­‐jet cut into thousands of pattern shapes prior to welding.  Column supports will be assembled and welded from tube steel sections based on pattern templates developed in collaboration with our structural engineer. Once final assembly and fabrication are complete, all sections of the sculpture will be finished in a two-­‐part epoxy paint system and packaged for shipment to the site.

Culture

Catalyst provides for the opportunity to experience and enjoy a reenergized public space within the geographic center of Boston, while paying homage to the historic and cultural fabric of Dudley Square and Roxbury. It is hoped that the patterns of movement and connection exhibited within the sculptural composition of Catalyst will be interpreted as analogous to the diverse cultural fabric, energy and rich urban life of the neighborhood.  

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Madeline Weiner

Title: Infinity

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The center of my creative process was to distinguish the character of the Dudley Municipal Center.  This is a place where lives are shaped in so many ways.  The site has a rich history, and it is currently a major center for this entire area.  As a community ‘center’ it should express an idealistic vision.  The artwork I am proposing is timeless, warmly engaging, and poetically expressive of the nature of the institutions housed here.

The guiding principles for the design of the building were to be iconographic and inspirational, inclusive and collaborative for city workers and city residents, and strengthen the public realm; therefore, I wanted the art to be a monumental landmark, one that would draw people in from all over as a meeting place for the community to come together.  Preserving the three building facades speaks to the future with fresh revitalization while honoring the past.  These three historic buildings each have a story, and I wanted to create an environment where the community could stop, pause, and reflect about the history that encompasses this area as well as the future it holds.  At the social heart of Roxbury, this functional installation creates a warm and friendly gathering place for everyone, facilitating an interactive environment that engages each viewer.

The shapes of the 2 grand figures (5’ x 8’ x 5’ each) are taken from the exaggerated geometric shapes that I have seen in the 3 Corners Village Concept.  The triangular and round forms in the artwork are inspired by the shapes of the windows and the original buildings.  The footprints of the large sculptures are in the shape of the symbol for Infinity, representing an infinite future, showing people young and old that their futures are unlimited.  Ultimately, I named this installation ‘Infinity’.  There are 5 additional figures representing our youth (6-7’ x 2’ x 2’ each).  Their futures are infinite with possibilities and it all starts by becoming a part of the greater community. 

The grand figures (the adults) are seated in a way that conveys being grounded; they are part of their environment.  The five figures (the children) are standing, excited and curious.  They seek the knowledge of these elders.  The two large figures will offer seating opportunities, as they are being created in my ‘Bench People’ style, representing a male and female, and they are intended to show strength and character that the children can relate to.  This installation is an innovative assemblage for the community to interact not only with fine art, but to engage in conversation and get to know one another in the community.

Stone evokes value, permanence, and a sense of honor in craftsmanship.  There are exquisite examples of stonework in the historic portions of this old and new center.  This artwork will continue that legacy and create a confluence with the contemporary materials behind it.  Stone is an important element to this building, and stone sculpture is infinite in its history and future; it is timeless.

(The images are computer generated images of the model (not actual sculpture) placed in the site for reference only.)

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Meejin Yoon

Title: Crisscross Signal Spire

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The Crisscross Signal Spire marks Dudley Square at an historic urban crossroads with a sculptural beacon which ties the past to the present at the Dudley Square Municipal Center. Taking its cues from the role of church spires and clock towers in the past which communicated and marked time through bell chimes or illuminated clock faces, the Crisscross Signal Spire creates a contemporary three dimensional signal which communicates various temporalities of the square, the city and its citizens. The spire uses real-time controllable lighting and digital interfaces to mark time, visualize transit flows in and out of Dudley Square, and express citizen engagement in Roxbury and throughout the city. 

The structure of the spire is a “braided” array of tubes that weave together to create an expressive self-buttressing bundled tower. The converging and diverging structure evokes the imagery of a rail road crossing and the Boston T network, but it also acts as a vertical timeline telling the story of the City of Boston’s formation from three original towns to a city of 21 neighborhoods. At the center of this bundling of Boston’s neighborhoods sits Roxbury, one of the original towns, which speaks to its relationship and centrality to a larger metropolitan community.  Crisscross Signal Spire projects this critical crossroads from the past and into the future of Boston’s growth, exchange, and movement and communication.

Historic structures such as church spires and clock towers mark centers and act as focal points for communities. From Paul Revere’s famous lanterns--“One if by land, and two if by sea”-- to the old John Hancock building whose weather-forecasting color light pattern and accompanying rhyme--“Steady Blue, Clear View, Flashing Blue, Clouds Due, Steady Red, Rain Ahead, Flashing Red, Snow Instead--creates a low-frequency visual broadcast, legible to all who see it and are able to decode its message, signalization is at the core of our city and its history. These local markers and the lore that surrounds them produce informational landmarks and communicative architectures in the city.

The Crisscross Signal Spire updates these early broadcast structures with digitally interactive lighting. The sculpture creates a 21st century signal tower by broadcasting information through one of three different patterns. In one, the sculpture marks time hourly through the pattern of light movement up and down the spire, acting like a digital hourglass.  Second, data from MBTA’s Open API turns data into real-time lighting animations of transit activity and visual arrival announcements, creating a 4-dimensional light behavior. Third, the sculpture visualizes Citizen’s Connect data feeds, allowing each 311 call logged on the city’s database to appear as a flash of light as streetlights are fixed and streets are repaired in the abstracted neighborhood matrix of the bundled tubes. Seen in aggregate are the activities and desires of residents and the city’s daily efforts to improve it. Lastly, the sculpture could allow for direct user interface through a smart phone app or website.

The Crisscross Signal Spire creates a new beacon for the City of Boston and the neighborhood of Roxbury, creating a new focal point broadcasting, like the historic chimes of church bells, new signals from daily community activity mapped in a contemporary spatial and temporal landmark.

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Artist presentations 

WHEN

Wall Design presentations
Monday, January 20th, 6-8pm

Outdoor Sculpture presentations
Tuesday, January 21st, 6-8pm

WHERE

Community Room
Central Boston Elder Services
Dudley Square
2315 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/2Yfai
Parking is available on the street or in the Taber lot.

Schedule 

Welcomes and introduction to project

6:00pm 

First twenty-minute artist presentation

6:15-6:35pm

Ten-minute question and answer period from committee

6:35-6:45pm

Second twenty-minute artist presentation

6:45-7:05pm

Ten-minute question and answer period from committee

7:05-7:15pm

Third twenty-minute artist presentation

7:15-7:35pm

Ten-minute question and answer period from committee

7:35-7:45pm

Wrap-up and thanks

7:45pm

More about the project:

The Dudley Municipal Building is in the Dudley Station Historic District. The building design has been devised to physically incorporate the façades of three historic buildings while providing a contemporary framework.  The new building will provide additional retail commerce opportunities while relocating the Boston Public Schools (BPS) administrative body to Roxbury. Dudley Square is the historical heart of Roxbury, and Roxbury is the geographic center of Boston. With its long history as a commercial and civic center, Dudley Square has a wealth of buildings with architectural and cultural significance and is a hub of mass transit. The purpose of the Dudley Municipal Office Facility has been to provide a catalyst for economic revitalization of Dudley Square by using the neighborhood’s past as a foundation to build its future.

The selection committee members:

Ted Landsmark, President at Boston Architectural College 
Tyra Sidberry, advisor at Fund for Arts at the New England Foundation for the Arts
Barry Gaither, Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists 
Pedro Alonzo, independent curator
Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director of Discover Roxbury
Myran Parker Brass, Eexecutive Director for the Arts for Boston Public Schools
Nick Brooks, Senior Associate, in representation of Sasaki Associates and Mecanoo
Joe Mulligan, Deputy Director, in representation of Property and Construction Management
Karin Goodfellow, Director, in representation of the Boston Art Commission

fancy Ferdinand building

 Image courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Public Art Competition for BPS students!

BPS Dudley

The Mayor’s Office invites student artists to submit designs for a decorative acoustic panel. The Boston Art Commission, in collaboration with Boston Public Schools, is looking for a BPS student to create the design for the acoustic panel to go in the School Committee Room in the new Dudley Municipal Center!

Award:  $3,000         Deadline:  Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

This public art commission is open to all Boston Public School students or teams of students!

Find the application here!

The artist (or team) is requested to develop a design for a decorative fabric acoustic panel to hang in the School Committee Room of the Dudley Square Municipal Office Center.   Visible from Washington Street, the work will be developed  in collaboration  with project  architects  Sasaki  Associates  and  the acoustic  fabric  panel  fabricator,  to ensure that the art is fully integrated into the space.  The contemporary building design incorporates the façades of three pre-existing historic buildings.  The artwork design must complement the historic, cultural, and collaborative environment;  address the dynamic and multifaceted  nature of Roxbury; and enliven the School Committee  Room with an innovative  and fresh  design.   The submitted  work will ultimately  be implemented  by the acoustic  panel fabricator in order to maintain the technical criteria set forth in the Architectural project documentation.

This piece will be incorporated into a wall-mounted acoustic panel in the School Committee Room.  This room will be the future home of school committee meetings as well as other public events.  The panel will be approximately

81’ wide by 11’6” tall and constructed in sections as illustrated in the attached figure (Acoustic Panel Shape reference). The space is intended to hold 200 people.  It is expected that this piece will be visible from the street when facing the building along Washington Street.

Find the application hereFor artwork submission questions please  contact: Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission at karin.goodfellow@boston.gov

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Starry Night Unveiling

Join us Saturday, Dec. 21st at 5pm for the unveiling of Starry Night, a beautiful LED installation by artists Lisa Greenfield and Daniel J. van Ackere. Click here to see a map of the location. 

 

Starry Night

 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Boston Art Windows Request for Proposals

 

There are currently three vacant retail spaces available for artists and art organizations. The Boston Redevelopment Authority is currently accepting proposals for these spaces.

Proposals due: December 30th 

Note: Please Do NOT call the landlord or broker. This initiative is part of the Boston Art Windows initiative under the Business Development Division at the BRA. All inquiries should be directed to Randi Lathrop at randi.lathrop@boston.gov. Further contact information below.

 

1.    1752 Massachusetts Ave and Washington St. (South End) 

  • 2200 sq ft. This space is near Teranga and Toro restaurant and also is part of the Washington Gateway Main Street district.
  • free rent and $1500 a month to be paid to property owner (covers taxes, CAM etc) , tenant at will, artists would pay utilities, lots of windows and sunny space.   
  • Artists would paint the space and make any short term improvements at their expense.
  • The space needs to be open 6 days a week from 10-7 .

 

2.    1369 Boylston (Fenway)

  • 630 sf
  • Free Rent and $1,145 total cost per month to property owner (covers taxes and CAM)
  • Artists would paint the space and make any short term improvements at their expense.
  • The space needs to be open 6 days a week from 10 am -7 pm  
  • This vacant retail space is owned by Samuel's Assoc.  Close by there are great retailers: Sweet Cheeks, Fenway Park, Citizen restaurant and the Longwood Medical area etc. 

 

3.    148 Brookline Ave (Fenway)

  • 1127 sf
  • Free rent, $2,011 per month to property owner (covers taxes and CAM), tenant at will
  • Artists would paint the space and make any short term improvements at their expense.
  • The space needs to be open 6 days a week from 10-7 pm
  • Located on Brookline Ave, The Landmark Center is across the street with retail and theaters 

 

Please include the following in your application:

  • Concept Plan for space
  • Specify which space you are interested in
  • Resume
  • Ability to insure space and pay utilities
  • Please submit past work if you have run/ or managed a retail space

 

Proposals are due on December 30th. Please submit all materials to:

Randi G. Lathrop

randi.lathrop@boston.gov

Director of  Business Development Division

Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)

Boston City Hall, One City Hall Sq. 9th floor

Boston MA 02201

617-918-4302

 

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