High Tide, by Carolina Aragón was installed this week along Cross Street in the lawn area at the corner of North Street in front of the former tunnel administration building. This is the first exhibit on the open lawn space that is now being managed by the Greenway Conservancy, across the street from the Greenway’s North End Parks.
Aragón’s installation consists of over roughly 500 six to eight-foot-tall fiberglass rods embedded in the lawn simulating reeds in an abstracted marsh landscape of the type that have existed for hundreds of years along Boston’s natural and manmade shoreline.
The abstract marsh landscape seeks to bring attention to the shifting boundary between land and water along Boston’s shoreline. The shifting boundary is meant to reflect tidal fluctuations, man-made land reclamation and potential future flooding from sea level rise.
“Carolina’s piece evoke Boston’s status as a coastal city, including the issues of climate change and the evolution of our waterfront,” offered Jesse Brackenbury, Greenway Conservancy Executive Director. “We’re pleased to have developed pieces for areas of The Greenway where we have never before provided public art or programming.”
For materials, High Tide uses fiberglass rods, stainless steel connectors and dichroic plexiglass. Funded with support from the H. Kirsch Family Foundation, the temporary exhibit will be in place through the Fall 2016.
Carolina Aragón is a public artist and an Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.