Audiences gathered and enjoyed three performances of Flow Through as Fujiko Nakaya’s art installation emitted fog through the trees, down the hill, and among the musicians. Much of the audience settled on the lawn, while others enjoyed the performance closer to the sculpture, and kids, soaked from mist, ran in and out of the fog. More than 600 visitors in total attended the performances, offered at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30pm.
Planning and hosting an event of this kind requires advance planning with many unseen contributors. It also requires a committed team on “go” day. As coordinator of the event for the Arboretum, I would like to acknowledge Horticulture staff Jed Romanowitz and Scott Phillips; Institutional Advancement staff Wendy Krauss and Barbara Murphy; Visitor Engagement staff Carena Cremin and Ana Eder-Mulhane; Tree Spotter Coordinator Suzanne Mrozak; and Richie of our Arboretum Ambassadors. All helped ensure that the event, impeccably planned and orchestrated by Maria Finkelmeier, ran smoothly and that musicians were performance-ready upon arrival.As with two previous performances (Ensemble Evolution: Sounds from the Treetops in November 2013 and Inuksuit in June 2016) for which I have partnered with Maria Finkelmeier, Flow Through delivered beyond our expectations. It was a thrill to provide this event to the public as one of several offered in conjunction with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Fog x FLO exhibition. If you attended, we’d love to see your pictures and hope you can attend our other upcoming events in the fog. If you’d like to support future arts at the Arboretum, please donate to our Artist in Residence Fund.