PEMcast 006: Getting outside

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.

Join producers and hosts Chip Van Dyke, and me, Dinah Cardin for this fun episode of the PEMcast.

Podcast Recording

Chip Van Dyke and Dinah Cardin in the booth. Photo by Allison White

Below, see content related to this episode:

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.

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Photo by Greg Cook

Greg Cook

Greg and Ulysses Percival Starbuck Cook. Photo by Dinah Cardin

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Advertisement for one of Greg Cook’s workshops. Courtesy photo


Participant in one of Greg Cook’s parades that was dedicated to bees. Courtesy photo

For more, see this Connected post, Sticking Together, that I wrote about helping out on Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork project What the Birds Know. 

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Volunteers working on Stickwork in the spring of 2015. Photo by Dinah Cardin

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Patrick Dougherty finishing the Stickwork at PEM. Photo by Dinah Cardin


Patrick signing autographs for passing neighbors. Photo by Dinah Cardin

There are many Connected posts from our crazy days of Strandbeest, but we’ll share this one from Crane Beach.


Photo by Allison White/PEM

Strandbeest Pop-Up Event at MIT Media Lab

Theo Jansen speaking at MIT Media Lab. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM

Strandbeest Pop-Up Event at MIT Media Lab

Theo Jansen bringing crowd members to help demonstrate the walking Strandbeests at MIT. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM

David Yann Robert, whose work was featured in our Art & Nature Center, was also recently featured in this Connected post about our Maker Lounge.


David Yann Robert works with young makers to build friendly robot designs. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM


We documented the day David Yann Robert eaves dropped on our tree. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM


Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM


Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM

Tree Eavesdropping, 2015. Courtesy photo

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.

Thanks, as always, to Corbett Sparks, sound engineer on the PEMcast. Our music for this episode is by Chuzausen and Olympic Smoker.

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  1. Wow great podcast!

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