Fenway, May 2015, Art

installation art

in front of the isabella stewart gardner museum  (gordana rabrenovic)

in front of the isabella stewart gardner museum (gordana rabrenovic)

My mom sent me a picture of artist Ken Smith's new installation called, Fenway Deity. This is the description from the ISGM website:
"Fenway Deity is part of the Garden Deities series created by Ken Smith. The large inflatable installation, with a psychedelic spiral pattern and gold chain, will hang from the historic façade of the Museum facing the Boston Fens. Deity riffs on the Gardner’s large wheel window on the building’s rear façade, forming a transect line through the Museum, between the window and the installation.

Spiritually speaking, Fenway Deity responds to the Museum’s 2012 relocation of its entrance to Evans Way—it will serve as a new conduit for the Museum’s creative energy to protect the Fens from bad spirits and promote environmental renewal, health, and happiness along the Fenway and beyond.

Read more about the Fenway Deity.

If you haven't already seen Janet Echelman's "Aerial Sculpture" over the Rose Kennedy Greenway, it is worth a look.

April 2015, Fenway, Museum


calderwood performance hall, isabella stewart gardner musuem  (sonya kovacic)

calderwood performance hall, isabella stewart gardner musuem (sonya kovacic)

"This hall though requires some explanation. There really is no stage. Instead the artists play on the floor of a cube 44 feet across on either side with only two rows of seats lining the walls and then you look up into three balconies each with just one row so there is no one to tell you that you are blocking the view and you can lean over and into the music to your hearts content."

-Brian McCreath WGBH

Calderwood Performance Hall opened for its first public concert on January 22nd, 2012 with the Claremont Trio performing. It seats 300 people and was designed by Renzo Piano and Yasuhisa Toyota.

Watch musicians Corey Cerovsek and Paavali Jumppanen perform at the Calderwood Performance Hall and talk about their performance.

Here is the schedule of concerts at ISGM.

If you want to nerd out, here is an acoustician's report of the performance hall.

March 2015, Museum, Fenway


new american cafe, mfa  (sonya kovacic)

new american cafe, mfa (sonya kovacic)

The Boston Public School System offers free breakfast at each of their schools. Students can chose from "2 fruit options (or take both!), low fat milk and a rotating selection of reduced-sugar cereals, whole wheat muffins, bagels, egg sandwiches, and more."

Take a look at the March menu for K-12 schools.

It's part of a greater initiative from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

March 2015, Fenway


taxi lot, fenway  (sonya kovacic)

taxi lot, fenway (sonya kovacic)

Definition from the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Taxicab, chauffeur-driven automobile available for hire to carry passengers between any two points within a city or its suburbs for a fare determined by a meter or zone system or a flat rate. The taxicab is named after the taximeter, an instrument invented by Wilhelm Bruhn in 1891 that automatically recorded the distance traveled and/or the time consumed, thus enabling the fare to be accurately measured. The term cab derives from the cabriolet, a two-wheeled, one-horse carriage often let out for hire.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline has America's oldest car collection. Included in the collection is a 1925 Luxor Taxi, a brand of taxi manufactured in Framingham.

Take a look at a 1932 picture of veteran horse cabby, Timothy Murphy.

January 2014, Art, Fenway

katharine lane weeks

rhinoceros in front of smfa (sonya kovacic)

rhinoceros in front of smfa (sonya kovacic)

The rhinoceros sculpture in front of the School of the Museum of Fines Arts is a dedication to Boston sculptor and SMFA Alum, Katharine Lane Weems. In fact it is a copy of her two Indian Rhinoceroses, Bessie and Victoria, that sit in front of Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Weems (1899-1989) was born into a family of culturati--her father was once the president of the MFA--and she was known for her animal sculptures.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States has a quote from Weems. When she was asked why she chose animals as her primary subject matter as opposed to people, Weems commented, "When you're doing a human figure you're always working on the same fundamental chassis; but with animals the variation in composition is infinite; an animal is forever in movement, in different, unconscious grace. And finally, you never have the relatives to contend with!"

Take a look at some photos of Katharine at work.

Fenway, October 2014, Art, Museum


night and day (sonya kovacic)  

night and day (sonya kovacic)

"And so it is with all my Public Art projects. I have tried to teach some sort of a lesson, yet give people the joy and delight of interacting with what people normally are told not to touch. The child in all of us responds to animals and the use of this metaphor reaches our inner most depths whatever our age. I use bronze as a material to cast my sculptures as it is durable, practically vandal proof and blends with other materials that surrounding buildings might be made of. It has a wonderfully tactile quality and happily sparkles in the sunlight."

- Sculptor Nancy Schon, best known for her "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Commons (bostonology's hand-drawn representation is found at the end of every e-mail) has numerous other sculptures in the Boston area including:

"A Dragon for Dorchester,"  Nonquit Street Green, Dorchester
"Boston, Butterflies in the Francis Street Garden," Boston
"Eeyore, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and the Hunny Pot," Newton Free Library, Newton, Mass
"Empty Sled and Dog (Sarah Pryor Memorial)," Wayland, Mass
"Gateway to Independence," Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Mass
"Nursing Sundial," Bullfinch Lawn, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
"Tortious and the Hare,"  Copley Square, Boston

There is actually a second "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture...in Moscow. Nancy Shon traveled with Barbara Bush and Raisa Gorbachev when the United States government presented her ducklings to Russia in 1991.

This weekend the City of Boston will add one more sculpture to its public art collection, to make 236, with the unveiling of sculptor Stefanie Rocknak's "Poe Returning to Boston" in Edgar Allan Poe Square (near the theater district at the intersection of Boylston and Charles Streets, and close to where Poe’s house once stood.) On Saturday there will be a 90 minute walking tour to explore the famous writer's connection to Boston, followed by the unveiling of the sculpture on Sunday.

Fenway, September 2014, Reader Submission


restaurant row, fenway (derek mcleod)

restaurant row, fenway (derek mcleod)

curated by Derek McLeod

Known as Restaurant Row, the intersection of Peterborough and Kilmanrock streets in Fenway, is home to seven distinct and unique restaurants. In less than 100 yards, one can experience food styles from Japan, Greece, Iran, Thaliand, France, and the USA. Restaurant Row is also home to El Pelon, rated one of the best burritos in the country. After a fire in January 2009 destroyed most of the restaurants on Restaurant Row it took almost three years of rebuilding but the restaurants re-opened and have resumed their importance and place in the neighborhood.

The diversity and abundance of food styles on Restaurant Row is truly representative of the restaurant scene in Boston as a whole. Within the 89.6 square miles of Boston’s city limits, there are few countries that remain unrepresented. With a T-Pass and a large appetite, in one day one could try fare from Germany, Iran, Thailand, France, Ethiopia, Mexico, Malaysia, Jamaica, Canada, China, India, Afghanistan, Spain, France, Senegal and of course, Italy.

Boston based company, inquisEATive, organizes tasting events with restaurants around the city. For one flat price, you can try several of a restaurant’s favorite options. The next event is tonight between 6:00pm and 8:00 pm at Jacob Wirth in the Theater District. The theme is Oktoberfest! Enter the code "bostonology" and you'll get 5% off the cost of any inquisEATive event. Cheers.

August 2014, Fenway

lone red seat

fenway park  (steve joyce)*

fenway park (steve joyce)*

Today's photo was submitted by Steve Joyce. Steve grew up in the city, and now works as a QA consultant testing mobile apps. He's a father of 3 and a lifelong Red Sox fan

The lone red seat in Fenway Park's right center field signifies the park's longest ever home run. It was a 502-foot-long shot by Ted Williams almost 70 years ago – June 9, 1946.

The home run was a surprise, especially to Joseph Boucher, who was visiting Fenway Park from Albany. When the ball flew into the stands, Boucher was hit squarely on the head — leaving a hole in his straw hat and a small bruise (the hat cushioned most of the blow). Boucher was quoted as saying:

“How far away must one sit to be safe in this park?”

Here's a Bostonology-approved longread: John Updike recounts Ted Williams's last career at-bat, at Fenway, in 1960. (He hit a home run.)

Fenway, July 2014


weeping willow in the fens  (sonya kovacic)

weeping willow in the fens (sonya kovacic)

Native American tribes of the Northeast used willow trees for many things: tools, furniture, baskets, dyes, and even as a fever reducer. The bark contains salicin (a chemical precursor to aspirin), and many civilizations across the globe consumed it as an anti-inflammatory.

Willow saplings were also used for fishing weirs — essentially, permanent fish traps. In fact, ancient fishing weirs (dating back about 5,000 years) have been discovered under Boston's soil several times (e.g., during excavations for Boston's Green Line, and during the construction of the John Hancock Tower) — which suggests that they were built and maintained by ancestors of the Massachusett tribe.

There are four willow species included in one of Harvard's most unusual exhibits: the Glass Flowers.