On the eve of the unveiling of the Bill Russell Legacy Project on Boston City Hall Plaza almost seven years ago today, this actually happened. For the first time in years, I’m hopeful that the Office of the U.S. President might have its dignity restored along with some of the promise this country has represented.
Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier of A+J Art+Design have been awarded a 2020 Preservation Award along with the North Square reconstruction team and Katie Couric is hosting the virtual ceremony which is aptly titled “There’s More to the Story”!!! For more on the event and to attend, please go here.
Whether or not you can attend, you can choose this year’s Fan Favorite from among the nine awardee’s here.
We are particularly grateful that this project has been acknowledged as a model for future preservation work and for its positive impact on Boston’s built environment in this time of questioning how and whether historical monuments still serve their communities.
North Square Stories by Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier of A+J Art+Design with the North Square reconstruction project has been named a 2020 Historical Restoration/Preservation Project of the Year by . These awards acknowledge “excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.”
And we’re proud of our teamwork with the City of Boston’s Public Works Department and Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Beta Group, Inc., Cicconi & Sons, Green International, the Paul Revere Memorial Association, and the North Square Stories Community Advisory Panel in helping to make historic North Square a “successful example of placemaking in a dense, historic urban core.”
The Preservation Alliance particularly acknowledges “the importance of storytelling in keeping our histories alive” in this year’s winners! Thank you Boston Preservation Alliance for this award and congratulations to the whole team, especially the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture with whom we worked closely on Boston’s first percent-for-art public artwork!
Forecast Public Art and @publicartreview are featuring SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) by my collaborative project @anjartndesign in PAR’s 40th anniversary issue which we just received! SOS is included in a survey called “Powerful Spaces; 15 Projects / 103” on the future of public art. You can order your copy of this special edition here and read interviews with artists at the leading edge of community-engaged design and much more! Special thanks go to @fortpointarts and @friendsoffortpointchannel for commissioning #SOSSwimmers!
Issue 58 from Forecast: ”
Readers often tell us that they love our “Projects We Love” department, so we began this issue with the simple idea to add more pages and fill them almost entirely with inspiring works. A theme emerged early in our process; the editorial team was drawn to the work of artists and designers using their unique ability as creative visionaries, problem-solvers, and meaning-makers to create powerful and timely spaces. Over 103 pages devoted exclusively to 15 projects—whether in Alabama or Alaska, Brownsville or Boston, Buenos Aires or Madrid—you’ll discover how artists and designers created 15 public art and creative placemaking projects that connect us to our shared humanity.
Also moving are insights from community leaders Nia Umoja, who shares how a community is developing its own model for sustainability, and Joseph Claunch, who describes how artists led the development of a community park.”
Excited about Charles Coe’s new volume of poetry”Memento Mori” coming out on April 15th, 2019 and proud to have a photograph of my work by Gordon Webster on its cover. Charles was working on the collection while we were both Boston Artists-in-Residence and at least one of the poems in particular bears upon those experiences! Looking forward to getting my copy!