Monday, July 29, 2013

Public Art: Convergence in Boston


The Christian Science Reflecting Pool

Boston isn’t exactly known for its public art.  Yeah, there’s a statue of every famous colonial resident scattered around, but you have to dig a little deeper for modern and contemporary works.

In Cambridge, there’s an alley way in Central Square with an ever-changing amount of street art.  On the Rose Kennedy Greenway, there’s a piece from last summer’s exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art.  The Design Museum of Boston launched a public art bench exhibition this summer in Fort Point. But I’m going to highlight the recent Convergence exhibition at the Christian Science Plaza.

Liminal Bloom by Andy Zimmerman

Liminal Bloom by Andy Zimmerman

Convergence is the work of the Boston Sculptors Gallery.  With the goal of making Boston a center of public art, the group of sculptors launched a public, outdoor installation of works scattered around the Christian Science Plaza which is smack in the middle of the Fenway Cultural District.

Poised by Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein

Water Forms by Marilu Swett

Water Forms by Marilu Swett

Some pieces played with their surroundings like the two above.  The bird sculpture is on a small spot of grass created by a ramp leading to an underground parking deck.  The “squid of a stick” is right next to the large reflecting pool.

Impossible by Andy Moerlein

Impossible by Andy Moerlein. This was one of my favorites.

Sentinel Stand by Leslie Wilcox

Sentinel Stand by Leslie Wilcox

These two pieces are guaranteed to catch your eye.  You have boulders wedged into tree branches (over a patch of grass with seating in good weather) and a tree dressed in a mesh jacket.  The tree is absolutely perfect because the trimmed branch knobs create a face in profile.

Christian Science Coral by  Michelle Lougee

Christian Science Coral by Michelle Lougee

The number of women sculptors represented in this exhibition really surprised me.  Sculpture always seems to be dominated by men, especially in public art and monumental pieces.  Yet there were at least 9 women participating in Convergence.

I visited on an overcast and *finally* cool day last week.  There weren’t too many people out in the drizzle, so I nearly had the installation to myself.

It’s open through October 31, 2013.  You can take the E train on the Green Line to the Symphony stop or the 1 bus to Christian Science Plaza. Here’s a map of all the pieces: ConvergenceMap

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10 Responses to “Public Art: Convergence in Boston”

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    Hogga — July 29, 2013 @ 4:02 pm


    • ehalvey replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      It’s pretty great for Boston. 🙂

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    Ashley — July 29, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    Cool! Is this a one-time thing? Or do they regularly have public art exhibits here?

    • ehalvey replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 10:13 am

      It looks like a one-time thing for now. They’re planning to revitalize the plaza (built in the 70s by I.M. Pei’s firm), so they might do more.

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    Christina — July 29, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Very cool – I love public art. That tree is very elegant. 🙂

    Sigh, I left Boston just a little too early it seems.

    • ehalvey replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      Have you spotted the giant turquoise chair in the DuPont Circle area?

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    donna dodson — August 4, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Thanks for taking a look at Convergence! For more info visit

    • ehalvey replied: — August 4th, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

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    Andy Moerlein — August 4, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    This show is an exciting opportunity to have art seen by a huge spectrum of people who enjoy this very public private place. Thanks to First Church of Christ, Scientist for their vision of sharing.

    • ehalvey replied: — August 4th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

      It’s a fantastic show!

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