Sparkle & Chime, a Public By Design Initiative

It’s dusk. Imagine your walk through Evans Way Park accompanied by subtle chiming and glittering reflections suspended from the trees above you.

Sparkle & Chime, designed by Jean Kim of Shepley Bulfinch, is the title of this audiovisual experience that will be exhibited at Evans Way Park, at the Alliance’s 13th annual Opening Our Doors on Monday, October 13. Every year, Opening Our Doors welcomes the public to experience the vibrant cultural offerings of the Fenway Cultural District,  from dance workshops, musical performances, theatre improv classes, to free admission to many of the District’s esteemed galleries at the MFA, Gardner Museum, and others. Sparkle & Chime will be on view for several weeks during the month of October.

This year, the architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch was selected to design a public art installation for Opening Our Doors, through the Alliance’s Public By Design initiative—an effort to enhance public spaces of the Fenway Cultural District through dynamic and place-relevant installations designed by local artists. The Alliance believes that public art enhances communal interaction and helps shape a vibrant neighborhood.  To involve the entire firm, architect Tad Juskzyk proposed that Shepley Bulfinch hold an internal competition, with the winning entry to be selected by a jury of The Fenway Alliance members.

Six entries were received, including:

Balloonapalooza by Michael de St. Aubin, Katie Kim, Greg Norton and Barak Yaryan.

Cup Hive by Hyeonjoo Park

Fenway Framed by Becky Rahmlow

Fenway Folly by Susannah Cramer-Greenbaum, Aris Garrison, Kristina Osborn and Chris Wortley, with Consultants, Elaine Garrett and Kim Markert

Sparkle & Chime by Jean Kim

Square Dance by Matthew Bohne, Mary Hale, Tad Jusczyk, Maryna Medvinsky and Laura Tittle

The jury, made up of leading academic and professionals in the architecture and design fields, selected Jean Kim’s sensory display of light and sound, Sparkle & Chime, for this year’s Opening Our Doors. 

Previous Public By Design installations include architect Kim Poliquin’s ENfold, a glowing backdrop that entwined between the trees of Evans Way Park in 2012. Another, Interlace, was an interactive design by Goody Clancy displayed for the 2013 festival.