Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace

August 2, 2018

Fujiko Nakaya

Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace

Fujiko Nakaya at the Arboretum

Artist Fujiko Nakaya observes a test run of Fog x Hill, her fog sculpture on the hillside next to the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum. Photo by Jen Mergel.

This summer, expect intermittent fog to roll in daily on the hillside next to the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center. Beginning August 11 and extending to October 31, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University will be one of five sites along Boston’s Emerald Necklace to feature a “fog sculpture” by renowned artist Fujiko Nakaya. Part of the first extended citywide exhibition by the artist, the immersive, site-responsive installations are designed to honor the twentieth anniversary of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy as well as celebrate Nakaya’s 50-year career.

Placing art in conversation with nature, Nakaya installations create shape-shifting, cloud-like, pure water forms that rhythmically appear and dissipate, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the art while experiencing the landscape anew. Just as the Arboretum and other parks in Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace may at first appear as “nature untouched,” Nakaya’s rigorous planning yields artful outcomes that appear spontaneous. Her works are designed to enhance and reinforce their natural settings on and near landscapes, ponds, tree canopies, bridges, and architecture throughout the parks.

Nakaya has created fog sculptures, both as ephemeral exhibits and permanent installations, in public spaces and museums around the globe. Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace invites the public to experience Nakaya’s remarkable works locally, and to celebrate the Emerald Necklace’s unique place and purpose in Boston. Besides the Arboretum piece, look for additional site-responsive fog installations in the Fens, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, and Franklin Park. Read more in Boston Magazine.

Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace, August 11 through October 31, 2018, the Emerald Necklace, Boston MA. Join us at the Arnold Arboretum to celebrate the opening of the Fog x Hill installation with a 4:30pm performance by lyric soprano Shinja Choi.

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