2018 Public Space Invitational: Community Gardens
For this competition, we called for installations at three community gardens:
- Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester
- Chilcott and Granada Community Garden in Jamaica Plain, and
- the Fenway Victory Gardens.
The three winning projects connected neighborhoods and the gardens. They supported talks and storytelling, dinners, and theater.
The Trustees partnered with the three artist teams to run 12 more community programs. They also saw a 20 percent increase in engagement with local residents.
Trailer Made is a solar-powered, towable, modular community gathering space. The goal was to spark creativity and community growth. The project relied on locally sourced and recycled materials.
The structure featured:
- an events space with tables and chairs
- interactive "planter" sculptures
- educational panels with chalkboards
- electricity and lighting for events, and
- a phone-charging station.
- Fenway Victory Gardens
- Chilcott and Granada Community Garden
- Nightingale Community Garden
Proposed by: Andrea Fossa and Robert Barella
Cross Pollination was a project at the Nightingale Community Garden. The project shared cultural and garden resources between:
- gardeners and wildlife
- local poets, and
- Boston's residents.
Cross Pollination is the creation of:
- Claudia Paraschiv, a registered architect
- Annie Scott, an ecological landscape designer, and
- Azia Carle, a fine artist.
With the help of the community, the artists created pollinator-pots. They planted the pots with native flowers. The goal was to attract bees and butterflies that would benefit the gardens.
The pots were "planted" with African print fabrics that created "shade flowers" for gardeners. These shade flowers also attracted residents walking by with their bright colors and poetic messages. Planting and shade-flower making were among the planned community events.
- Claudia Paraschiv
- Annie Scott
- Azia Carle
Location: Nightingale Community Garden
Celebrate and Activate
Nightingale Community Garden features gardeners from more than a dozen countries. Celebrate and Activate honored the diversity of the garden through:
- interactive theater performances, and
- the creation of banners based on national flags.
Melissa Nussbaum-Freeman, Director of Red Sage Stories, led the project with Ayako Maruyama, Creativity Lab Design Lead at ds4si. The project also used the compost area of the garden for:
- interactive storytelling (on the themes of sowing, weeding, harvesting, and composting)
- colorful art installations
- activities for children, and
- sharing food at four garden-cycle themed events..
- Melissa Nussbaum,
- Ayako Maruyama
- Maria Hendricks
- Raquel Saenz
- Adilson Barros
- Dana Watkins
- Prema Bangera
- Sonya Joyner
- Carrington Moore, and
- Arthur Williams III
Location: Nightingale Community Garden, Dorchester