I swear, in the months leading up to the release of this episode of the PEMcast, which we’re calling Getting Outside, we had no idea that temperatures would reach 60 degrees on February 1. Perhaps right this minute, you’ve only returned from the outdoors, where you’ve felt the slightly hesitant heat of the returning sun and taken in a breath of soft spring-like air.
In this episode we celebrate how on target we’ve been with a global movement toward public art, which is pretty much always outside…in parks, walkways, city plazas and such. We look at three artists and three exhibitions that took us outdoors and beyond our walls. Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty, Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen and Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center all led us into the fresh air.
But, first, we start with a local artist and arts reporter, Greg Cook, who finds solace in public spectacle. Which is why when things get tough, he puts on a little community event called The Saddest Parade in the World.
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Read for yourself the article in WBUR’s online arts blog The Artery that Greg Cook wrote about the strides made in public art in the Boston area in 2015.
For more, see this Connected post, Sticking Together, that I wrote about helping out on Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork project What the Birds Know.
There are many Connected posts from our crazy days of Strandbeest, but we’ll share this one from Crane Beach.
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty is on view through 2016 or until nature takes its course. For a complete tour schedule of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Janson, go HERE.
Special thanks to George Hicks, Andrea Shea and Greg Cook of WBUR and to Ulysses Starbuck Percival Cook, a savvy 3-year-old who hung out with us for his dad’s interview.
This fittingly maritime name leads us to Greg’s next parade. This spring, along with the Somerville Arts Council, Greg Cook is planning to host the Tiny Tall Ships Festival, complete with pirate ships, whaling boats, sea monsters and mermaids floating in water-filled kiddie swimming pools.
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