Boston Art Commission

« back

Click on thumbnails to view additional images of this piece:
  • Tent Bay, McLean (7)
  • Tent Bay, McLean
  • Tent Bay, McLean (2)
  • Tent Bay, McLean (15)
  • Tent Bay, McLean (4)

Tent Bay (at Harry Ellis Dickinson Park)

Artist:

​Taylor Ayers McLean

Location:

 

Location

United States
42° 20' 37.1004" N, 71° 5' 13.0776" W

Neighborhood:

Fenway

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1991

Medium:

Aluminum

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Description:

Tent Bay celebrates the spiral—the spiral arm of the Milky Way that we inhabit, the spiral paths in our individual lives, and spiral forms and patterns in nature. Taylor McLean designed the sculpture, and spirals were part of his thinking in a personal way too. Tent Bay is the birthplace of McLean’s father in Barbados, and the sculpture echoes the spiraling flow of the ocean when waves beat against a rocky promontory. Fabricated in 1991, the sculpture consists of two large aluminum forms: a twelve-foot high vertical spiral linked with an eighteen-foot wide horizontal spiral. As the artist intended, nearby benches invite viewers to contemplate the spiral form in their own lives.

Audio Description: