Former governor Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, were among the first guests to experience the new public art exhibit “Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
The exhibit opened Saturday at five points on the Emerald Necklace: Back Bay Fens, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond Park, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. At each location, the sculpture will be timed to emit fog that rhythmically appears and dissipates as it interacts with the shifting air and natural light.
The artist herself was also at the opening Saturday, as were Karen Mauney-Brodek, president of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy; Leo Roy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner; Kara Elliott-Ortega, interim director of arts & culture for the City of Boston; Consul General of Japan for New England Rokuichiro Michii; and Boston-based curator Jen Mergel.
The 85-year-old Nakaya has had a 50-year career as an artist, but “Fog x FLO” is her first simultaneous presentation of multiple works.
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the fog sculptures daily from dawn until dusk through Oct. 31.