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.
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.
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.
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.
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