Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier of A+J Art+Design are honored to have been selected to create a public art project in Boston’s oldest public square, North Square.Their concept was selected through a highly competitive open call for artists.

The team will work with the Boston Public Works Department (PWD), the Boston Art Commission, and the North End community to further develop their initial proposal. The public art project will be implemented in conjunction with an overall reconstruction project in North Square. The project will be installed in 2018.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced in a statement earlier this week that 10 locals have been chosen for the nine-month residency supported by Boston AIR. The artists will help develop ways to improve Boston by promoting the presence of art and culture in everyday life.

“Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive,” Walsh said in the statement. “They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community.”

“Almost two years ago to the day, a crowd gathered around under overcast, rainy skies to witness Russell’s statue get unveiled in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The bust in his honor was the first phase of the Bill Russell Legacy Project, which aims to honor Russell’s contributions as a player, a human rights advocate and a mentor to young children in the Boston community. On Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Boston’s season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, Phase Two of the project was unveiled amid similarly dreary weather.”

 

 

‘Bill Russell Legacy Project’ Statues Unveiled At Boston’s City Hall (Photos)

Ann’s portrait of the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, Senior U.S. District Judge for the District Court of Massachusetts, was permanently installed in the library of Boston Latin School on June 8, 2015. The dedication was attended by Congressman Joseph Kennedy, III and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld along with recipients of Ward Fellowships.

Ann Hirsch is soft-spoken, gentle, and exudes a sense of calm. Her art displays a similar restraint –but do not be fooled. Beneath the cool, calm surface of her sculptures is a strong, emotional energy that makes each piece – from a few inches tall to 7 feet, a compelling experience.

Ann works in the long tradition of western figurative sculpture but expresses her themes in a contemporary mode – seamlessly making work that seems both traditional and modern at the same time. She is interested in the public’s interaction with her work, often setting sculptures low where they can be touched and examined closely.

Her work on the east entrance to Patriot Plaza is a transitional space between the cemetery at large and the side of the ceremonial amphitheater dedicated to themes of family and community that honor military service.