Come see three amazing art installations this summer at the Charlestown Navy Yard! This program, hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the USS Constitution Museum, features work from three Boston-based artists: a sculpture by Somerville resident Chris Frost, a sound installation by Boston-based composer Maria Finkelmeier, and a mixed-media installation by Yale School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate Marlon Forrester.
These installations are part of the National Park Service’s Art on the Trails to Freedom, a collaborative project that invites artists from New England to create public works of art that explore Boston’s historical themes and activate select locations on Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail with new theme-based public programming and temporary public art installations.
Chris Frost’sAssembly is a wood and glass structure evocative of the octagonal Building 31 which served as the Muster House where Charlestown Navy Yard employees received their assignments. Within Frost’s sculpture are illuminated paper ships that represent those built and repaired throughout the Navy Yard’s 174-year history. The sculpture is meant to reflect the people and production of the Navy Yard.
Ironsounds by Maria Finkelmeier is a sound installation using historic and real-time acoustics heard in the Navy Yard. She collected and recorded sounds made by drumming on metal structures, ringing ship’s bells, and recording ambient sounds of voices, airplanes, construction, and wildlife. Part o the installation includes music created and recorded by Finkelmeier and 10 musicians in the Navy Yard’s Dry Dock 1 earlier this year.
Marlon Forrester’sB.O.A.T. (Crane 65) bridges both the past and the future of the Navy Yard through an immersive art installation which includes large scale line drawings and sculptures. This participatory art project is located in the USS Constitution Museum’s Education Center.
These installations, curated by Sarah Hutt, are made possible by funding from the National Park Foundation and the USS Constitution Museum and will be displayed through October 1, 2018. Assembly and Ironsounds are located at the head of Dry Dock 1. B.O.A.T. (Crane 65) is on display in the Museum’s Education Center.