For Immediate Release
August 19, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced, in collaboration with the Boston Art Commission and the Friends of Symphony Park, the selection of sculptor Jacob Kulin to create artwork that will be part of planned improvements to Symphony Park in the Fenway.
Kulin is a Boston-based artist of Danish heritage with a longstanding admiration for modern Scandinavian design which he melds with a deep-rooted connection to forms and patterns inspired by nature. His sculptures incorporate various metals fashioned into contemporary and at times abstract compositions. Kulin’s work was prominently featured on the Rose Kennedy Greenway where his temporary installation “Modern Dance” was placed in the park opposite the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowe’s Wharf from January 2011 through July of 2012.
Bordered by Edgerly Road, Norway and Burbank Streets, Symphony Park is a half-acre passive park created during Boston’s urban renewal efforts in the early 1970s and owned by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Located in a dense, vibrant and growing neighborhood, the park abuts senior housing and is close to a number of cultural and educational institutions including Symphony Hall, the Christian Science Plaza, and Berklee College of Music.
Warner Larson, Inc., a Boston landscape architecture firm, has been retained to develop the park renovation design and guide the reconstruction. Kulin’s proposal for the primary sculpture element in the park is inspired by designers Hans Wegner, Jorgen Hovelskov, and Poul Kjærholm, as well as sculptor Harry Bertoia.
In keeping with its proximity to Berklee and Symphony Hall, multiple musical shapes inform the design. To be made from Cor-ten steel, stainless steel, and granite, the piece will stand 16 feet high and 10 feet in diameter.
"This sculpture is inspired by modern Scandinavian furniture design along with musical instrument shapes like a violin, cello, harp, and guitar,” Kulin notes. “Granite stone seating is built into the design as the sculpture takes on its form and composition through blending these inspirations.”
All design and construction will be coordinated through the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with review and approval of the art components by the Boston Art Commission. The estimated budget for the artwork is $100,000.
The Friends of Symphony Park spearheaded the art installation effort by securing design funding and the artist’s fee for the feature sculpture through the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund. The group is now applying for additional grants to fabricate and install Kulin’s artwork. Current plans call for the park to be renovated in the fall of 2014 with the art installation to follow in spring of 2015. A final public meeting will be held in late fall of 2013.
For more information, please go to www.publicartboston.com.