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Art installation comes to Evans Way Park to celebrate cultural district

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  October 5, 2012 11:28 AM

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(Image courtesy Fenway Alliance)

An aerial view rendering of the temporary public art installation at night.

A temporary art installation is lighting up Evans Way Park through the month of October to celebrate the Fenway’s status as Boston’s first cultural district.

ENfold, commissioned by The Fenway Alliance and created by Perkins + Will, is a 500-foot translucent ribbon winding through the park. At night, it is lit with 240 feet of LED tape lights.

The wide ribbon, made of lightweight porous white-silver shimmery debris netting, derives its form from the canopy of trees that cover it, according to the alliance.

“Interesting and beautiful temporary public art touches and inspires people on many levels,” Kelly Brilliant, executive director of Fenway Alliance said in a statement. “I’d love to see more works like ENfold here; they bring sophistication and playfulness to Boston.”

The alliance, which represents 22 institutions in the Fenway, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern University, Museum of Fine Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Berklee College of Music, is the designated manager of the newly established cultural district.

The Fenway was named by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as a state-designated Cultural District in March. The designation gives the neighborhood funds to foster tourism and support neighborhood art organizations and program.

The installation will also serve as an interactive backdrop to the alliance’s Opening Our Doors event. The event, set for Monday, offers a day of free cultural activities throughout the neighborhood. The installation will frame performances by Afro-Brazil, a Brazilian drumming band; a tai chi exhibition; and other artistic experiences.

The firms Structure Tone; Shawmut Design and Construction; Lee Kennedy Co.; Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger; and the Boston Light Source also contributed to the installation’s design.

Kim Poliquin, whose architecture team designed the installation as part of Perkins + Will’s Social Responsibility Initiative, said art installations help support public programs.

“These beautiful surprises establish a sense of place and invite important civic engagement to enliven neighborhoods,” Poliquin said.

The firms Structure Tone; Shawmut Design and Construction; Lee Kennedy Co.; Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger; and the Boston Light Source also contributed to the installation’s design.
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