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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,
        Boston Massachusetts


Ongoing Project Maintenance:
         Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
         Robert Stigberg, Superintendent of                    Maintenance and Security


Project Team


Ross Miller, 

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

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