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  • "Reach" by Douglas Kornfeld, Mozart Park, Jamaica Plain (Photo credit to the artist)
  • "Reach" by Douglas Kornfeld, Mozart Park, Jamaica Plain (Photo credit to the artist)
  • "Reach" by Douglas Kornfeld, Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain (photo courtesy of Rocco Ricci)

Reach

Artist:

Doug Kornfeld

Location:

Centre Street and Mozart Street  

Location

Centre Street and Mozart Street
United States
42° 19' 19.8624" N, 71° 6' 15.5916" W

Neighborhood:

Jamaica Plain

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2010

Medium:

Stainless steel

Collection:

Funders:

New England Foundation for the Arts

Description:

“Reach,” by Douglas Kornfeld, is composed of five 8”x 8” stainless steel square tubes and creates the form of a twenty-five foot monumental hand. The sculpture symbolizes the immigrant experience of reaching up to climb the ladder of success in America. The form of a hand is only visible from the central axis of the park. From all other views the sculpture is seen as an abstraction.

Each upright of the sculpture has two engraved quotations at eye level. Each was written by youth who live in the Hyde Square neighborhood and describe their, or their family’s experiences as immigrants to America. Each joint of the contorted uprights are purposely left exposed to symbolize the different turning points or changes in the life of an immigrant to this country.

The sculpture was funded with a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and was commissioned by the Hyde Square/Jackson Square Community and by the Hyde Square Task Force.

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