HarborArts: An International Outdoor Exhibition of Large-scale Artwork
The HarborArts environmental exhibition of large-scale works by close to 50 artists from three continents was conceived for and installed at a working shipyard. Set within the 14-acre grounds and docks of the historic Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, the exhibition was curated in two installments with a balanced selection of internationally established and emerging artists for foster cross-cultural dialog and exchange. Works in a wide range of media and materials were on view for a period of six months to several years.
HarborArts was juried by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston curator Randi Hopkins. Among the exhibiting artists were Robert Craig, Konstantin Dimopoulos, James Fuhrman, Gunnar Gundersen and students from Høgskole i Akershus, Lisa Hein & Robert Seng, Steve Israel, Stacy Levy, Lori Nozick, Trace O'Connor, Bayne Peterson, Karl Saliter and Paul Lloyd Sargent.
Some of the installed works directly interacted with the water, such as the 1,000-foot long tidal installation by Norwegian artist Gunnar Gundersen along the main pier. At the water’s edge the tall, bobbing bamboo poles of Stacy Levy’s Riverine and Lori Nozick ’s colorful LED-lit Lighthouses set accents day and night, visible from the opposite side of the harbor in downtown Boston. Rooftop installations, such as Steve Israel’s Cod and Trace O'Connor’s Iscariot, offered commanding viewpoints within the shipyard and served as new artistic landmarks for the waterfront communities.
HarborArts was conceived as a global community bringing people together to champion the vital role our oceans, waterways and harbors play in the future of our planet. An environmentally conscious approach including the use of recycled materials was a central component of the HarborArts exhibition concept. Carl Saliter employed river rocks in the construction of his spherical Apogee. Steve Israel and Trace O'Connor scoured scrap metal for their large-scale objects.
Christina Lanzl managed the project both as private consultant and for the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art.
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