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Flight of fancy

Sculptor Jeff  Briggs has spent the last three years creating the animals on the carousel for the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Sculptor Jeff Briggs has spent the last three years creating the animals on the carousel for the Rose Kennedy Greenway.Credit: Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe

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The carousel soon to adorn the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston– designed, sculpted, and painted by two local artists – is a horse of a different color.

In fact, it doesn’t include any horses at all.

There is a sea turtle in mid-swim, shell hued with yellow and iridescent red, mottled flippers and feet waves of purple, pink, and blue. And there are enormous butterflies — Monarchs with dramatic orange and black coloring; buckeyes boasting amethyst spots; swallowtails with elaborate webbed patterns of purple, blue, and red.

“It’s much more elaborate, much more intense,” said designer and sculptor Jeff Briggs of Newburyport. “You’ll never see another one like this.”

And painter William Rogers of Haverhill has worked to bring depth and dimension to what are essentially shaped canvases.

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