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Family Design Day: Art in Public Places

June 20, 2015 | 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Price: $8
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Family Design Day: Art in Public Places

This month families visited the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to tour the newest piece of public art that graces this public space. Artist Janet Echelman’s aerial installation stretches between three buildings, creating a billowing knotted-fiber sculpture suspended hundreds of feet over the central section of the Greenway. Parents and children learned how the sculpture was envisioned and engineered from the engineer himself, Pat McCafferty, and then returned to BSA Space to design their own piece of public art.

Afterward snacks in Waterfront Square were provided by Atlantic Wharf. This family program was designed for parents and children aged five to 13. A maximum ratio of one adult per three children is required. BSA Space is one block from South Station. Enter through the BSA Space entrance, and go up the green staircase. The program begins promptly at 10:30 am.

Making an impact: "People are really all the same"

One of the young designers, Liam, created a project featuring circular platforms of various diameters that the public can stand on and look out at the Greenway and the city. According to Liam, "The circles are all different sizes to represent that people are very different from each other, but the shapes are all circles, because really, aren't we all just the same?"

Family Design Day programs encourage children and adults to observe, explore, and design together. In these two-hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibit tours, walking tours, or slideshows and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and design educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world.

Thank you to Atlantic Wharf for supporting Family Design Days @BSASpace.

Photo courtesy of Studio Echelman.