Along Boston’s picturesque Emerald Necklace – a sequence of 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of parkways, meadows, woodlands, waterways and paths first unveiled 150 years ago – a number of ethereal fog sculptures designed by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya are on display to the public.
Responding to Frederick Law Olsmsted’s (FLO) 19th-century designs for Emerald Necklace, the largest network of parks in Massachusetts, Nakaya has created five captivating site-specific installations to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
This is the first time that multiple works by Nakaya have been presented simultaneously since she began her career five decades ago.
Utilizing pure water vapor, climate-responsive technology and motorised pumps, Nakaya’s work is intended to create “a conversation with nature.” Fog is rhythmically emitted and dissipated at each location from dusk until dawn, allowing visitors to experience a familiar yet uncanny natural phenomenon.
For the artist, who earlier this year was named Praemium Imperiale Sculpture Laurette, fog is “the most generous medium.” Having followed a traditional art trajectory, studying at the Northwestern University in Illinois, Nakaya only created her first fog sculpture when she joined E.A.T (Experiments in Art and Technology) in the late 1960s.
It’s apparent that the natural beauty and extreme weather of her homeland, the Japanese northern island Hokkaido, sparked an interest for the environment within the artist. And her father, the experimental physicist Ukichiro Nakaya who invented the first artificial snow crystal, has strongly influenced her methodology.
Here is a glimpse of the otherworldly experiences you can have along the Emerald Necklace, from the tree-lined paths of The Fens to the Franklin Park Overlook Shelter Ruins.
Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya is on at various locations along the Emerald Necklace until October 31 2018.