Boston Public Works and the Boston Art Commission recently held a meeting regarding a public art project designated for North Square. The main speaker was Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission with Ms. Christian Guerra, Collection Coordinator, and DPW’s Asst. Civil Engineer Joseph Fleury. Also in attendence was Allison Perlman from Parks & Recreation as the Project Manager for the adjacent Rachel Revere Park. Approximately a dozen area residents attended.
The main purpose of the meeting was to announce that Mayor Walsh has earmarked 10% of the North Square’s $2mm construction budget ($200k) for a yet to be determined permanent, public art installation.
North End residents are being asked for their input and suggestions as to what type of artwork they would like to see in North Square. Suggestions at the meeting included art that might reflect the historical importance of the Square, referencing statues in the Prado and Faneuil Hall as examples. Other comments included incorporating a nautical theme, a shade pergola, sculpture benches, artistic landscaping and/or a fountain. DPW’s Fleury noted that a fountain was extremely unlikely due to maintenance requirements that Public Works was unable and/or unwilling to provide.
North Square’s renovation plan calls for construction to begin Spring/Summer 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, DPW acknowledged that the schedule could be delayed depending on the design and installation components of whatever public art is eventually chosen for the space.
Goodfellow did not give a specific timeline for how long the RFP process will take, but gave assurances that the selected artist would be required to work closely with the landscape architect in coming up with an acceptable concept for the Square. Perlman said that the $350k renovation of Rachel Revere Park would likely be completed before construction in the Square began.
In advance of a Call for Artists, North End residents are encouraged to provide ideas and feedback. Readers can use the comment section below and/or email email@example.com.