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Play in Public Art: A panel discussion at the Lawn on D

July 9, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public.
Where: Lawn on D, 420 D Street, Boston

Play in Public Art: A panel discussion at the Lawn on D

After decades of bronze memorials, whimsical public art is reinvigorating Boston’s public spaces this summer. From Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s iconic Swing Time 2.0 at the Lawn on D to Janet Echelman’s ethereal sculpture on the Greenway, As If You Were Already Here, to FIGMENT’s upcoming Giant Typewriter, Boston’s public-art projects are generating national excitement and doing so with a playful tone.

Join co-sponsors BSA Space, D Street ArtLAB, and Now and There on Thursday, July 9, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for Play in Public Art, a lively discussion with the artists, architects, and citizens who are making public art happen in Boston. We’ll explore the role of play in three current public-art topics—spectacle, site, and architecture—in a fast-paced, round-robin discussion followed by a Q&A.

This event coincides with the opening of Intrude, a spectacularly playful four-day installation by Tasmanian artist Amanda Parer at the Lawn on D, and will be hosted among Parer’s larger-than-life inflatable rabbits as part of the D Street ArtLAB’s WonderLAND exhibit.

​Followed by an opening reception for Intrude, 7:00–8:00 pm


Chris Frost, educator and exhibiting D Street ArtLAB artist

Kate Gilbert, D Street ArtLAB curator and Now and There director

Kelly Goff, educator and exhibiting D Street ArtLAB artist

Robert Lobe, exhibiting D Street ArtLAB artist

Amanda Parer, exhibiting D Street ArtLAB artist

Alice Vogler, artist, curator for Time, Body, Space, Objects (part of the Isles Arts Initiative) and arts program manager at Boston Children’s Museum

Mary Hale AIA, architect at Shepley Bulfinch

Ian Deleón, interdisciplinary artist


Chris Wangro, Lawn on D artistic director

This is a program of the BSA Foundation, D Street ArtLAB, and Now and There

About the co-sponsors:

BSA Space is Boston’s leading center for architecture and design, and is home to the Boston Society of Architects and the BSA Foundation. BSA Space hosts exhibitions on design and architecture, architecture cruises and walking tours, and other programs and events that foster exchange between design and construction, and the profession and the public, and encourage collaboration across the city and world.

The Lawn on D is an experimental event space designed to encourage public engagement, foster creativity, and test opportunities for integrating the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) into the urban fabric with arts, music, games, food and beverage, and other community-driven programming. The Lawn on D will be open for free activities, ticketed programs, and private events now through October 12, 2015. During this period, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will experiment with different types of programming to help plan for a permanent outdoor space that will be part of the BCEC expansion.

Now and There is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating impactful public-art projects in Greater Boston. Formerly UrbanArts, Now and There delivers thought-provoking public-art projects that advance new definitions of public art; acculturate Boston to the cultural, social, and economic benefits of art; and help define Boston’s essential public-art identity.

Image: Amanda Parer, "Intrude". Please credit the photo to Ness Vanderburgh.