Responsive sensor-activated sculptural environment located along the pedestrian walkway of Greenway Parcel 17, between the Aquarium and Rowes Wharf.
Three sculptural beacons, inspired by Boston Harbor navigational buoys, contain multiple fog nozzles, LED light sources, and a sound system. These columns are surrounded by large granite seawall blocks, salvaged from nearby piers, that form a boat-shaped sculptural enclosure with openings that invite pedestrians into an interior space.
Motion sensors on top of the columns observe pedestrian activity and initiate changing patterns of fog mist and light. Gusts of wind redirect the fog, colors change with seasons and ambient light conditions. Pedestrian activity, picked up the multiple motion sensors, creates changing effects that encourage people to move, explore and play with the sculptural buoy elements.
During warmer months the evening fog is illuminated by changing color progressions of LED light. In winter, with the fog turned off, light sparkles from within and projects out from the stainless steel beacon sculptures. In stormy weather light projecting from the sculptures projects patterns on snow-covered landscape.
Fog and lighting systems are industrial components designed for low maintenance and long operational life. Annual operation of the Harbor Fog water system follows seasonal schedule for park irrigation maintenance. The lighting and motion control systems operate throughout the year.
Concept and design by artist Ross Miller over a three year period with support for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project and Mass Turnpike Authority. Over 85 people have been evolved in the realization of this project: mechanical and electrical engineers, site construction workers, union tradespeople, steel fabricators and installers, digital and 3d model makers and management staff.
Stie: Rose Kennedy Greenway,
Ongoing Project Maintenance:
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Robert Stigberg, Superintendent of Maintenance and Security
Project Artist - concept, design development, shop drawings, fabrication and installation
Project concept development spring of 2005;
site landscape work May - September, 2007;
water system installed September - October, 2008;
electrical sensors & programming April - May, 2009.
May individuals have contributed expertise and energy to the realization of this project, following is a partial listing: (in approximate order of appearance)
Fred Yalouris - Arch & Urban Design, MHD
Genaise Gonzalez - MHD Assistant
Wharf District Task Force
Steve Anderson - Authorized Rep. B/PB
Bob Masys - Assistant PE, CA/T
Dennis Carmichael - Site LA, EDAW
Kristi Farnsworth - Site LA, EDAW
John Powell - Lighting Engineer, Parsons Brinkerhoff
John Calnan - Senior Engineer, FST
Drew Simmons - Electrical Engineering
Bob Redfern - FCN Plumbing Engineer
John Copley - Landscape Architect
Sean Sanger - Landscape documents
Steve Sailing - Site details and specs
Luba Bezverkhny - plumbing specification
Brian Blethen - CA/T Accounting
Beatrice Ward - Models, large and small
David Brosnan - Structural Integrity Engineering Group
Ann Gorczyca - PE, MHD, Manager of Construction
Scott Wilson - site Installation, MHD
Dan Mullaly - MHD, site electrician, MHD
Mario Mazzeo - site plumbing, MHD
John Pagani - CA/T PE
Mike Flynn - Parcel 17 PE
Jim Barrett, CA/T
Kurt Maley - Fabrication Guru
Steve Baez - Fabrication Lead
Greg - Machine tool programming
Sam Wainwright - CAD Visualization
Ted Farnham - Lighting tech assistance
John Melillo - Color Kinetics
Andrew Hutcheson - CAD site visualization
Ross Peterson - Spray Systems / Industries
Ajay Dighe - Spray Systems / Industries
Kevin Randall - Manifold CAD
Paul DeRocher - Control Systems, programming
Chris Souza - ALPS lighting & control systems