ART EXHIBITION IN BOSTON’S EMERALD NECKLACE PARKS
"Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace" will debut for the city the internationally renowned “fog sculptures” of Fujiko Nakaya (b. 1933), created in response to the landmarked landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO). The immersive art exhibition will be the first simultaneous presentation of multiple works by Nakaya in her five-decade career. Organized by Boston-based guest curator Jen Mergel, this presentation of shape-shifting installations of pure water vapor will engage visitors with “climate responsive” systems as timeless and timely as their sites – the Emerald Necklace parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903). Nakaya’s installations will be timed to activate from dawn to dusk, emitting fog that rhythmically appear and dissipate in shifting air and natural light, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in a familiar, yet awe-inspiring experience. Just as Olmsted’s vanguard landscape and water engineering may at first appear like nature untouched, Nakaya’s rigorous planning yields artful outcomes that appear spontaneous, which she describes as “a conversation with nature” that aims to enhance and reinforce, rather than distract from, the works’ natural settings. The following locations have been selected by Nakaya for her site-specific works: • The Fens ─ in the canopy of a tree-lined path, in close proximity to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Shattuck Visitor Center; • Olmsted Park ─ on an island of Leverett Pond at the edge of Allerton Overlook in Brookline; • Jamaica Pond ─ as a “cloud pond” in a glacial depression adjacent to the kettle pond; • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University ─ a “fog fall” rolling down a hill under tree cover; • Franklin Park ─ amid the Overlook Shelter Ruins, echoing the domed roof of one of the few buildings Olmsted had a hand in designing.