The Fenway Alliance, Sparkle & Chime

Boston, MA | 2014

Sparkle & Chime is Jean Kim's winning art installation for the Fenway Alliance's Public By Design Initiative. Drawing attention to its context along Boston's Back Bay Fens, the installation is conceived as a discreet celebration of Evans Way Park, an ethereal shimmering of light and sound offering an immaterial expression of the landscape.

Hundreds of small suspended mirrored discs and lightweight metal tubing are suspended from selected trees in the park. Sunlight refracting off the discs creates shifting patterns of light, with the gentle tinkling of chimes as the breeze passes through the tubes. A solar-powered net of lights extends the visual effect as dusk dissolves into night. The subtle play of light and sound creates a vision that is elusive, infinite and precious. The sensory perception of the park and the city are expanded with a cloud of music and light.

In the spring of 2014 Shepley Bulfinch was invited to design an installation in Boston's Evans Way Park for Public By Design as part of the Alliance's annual October event, Opening Our Doors. To involve the entire firm, architect Tad Jusczyk proposed that Shepley Bulfinch hold an internal competition to determine the design, with the winning entry to be selected by a jury of Fenway Alliance members.

The six entries, which are shown here, are Sparkle & Chime, Cup Hive, Fenway Folly, Square Dance, Fenway Framed, and Balloonapalooza!

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Sparkle + Chime - a Public By Design Initiative


Shepley Bulfinch Team

Jean Kim
Michael de St. Aubin
Katie Kim
Greg Norton
Barak Yaryan
Hyeonjoo Park
Becky Rahmlow
Susannah Cramer-Greenbaum
Aris Garrison
Kristina Osborn
Chris Wortley
Elaine Garrett
Kim Markert
Matthew Bohne
Mary Hale
Tad Jusczyk
Maryna Medvinsky
Laura Tittle

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