Floating sheep to hit waters in Fort Point neighborhood
A Fort Point Channel nonprofit group hopes that people will flock to the neighborhood this fall to catch a glimpse of a new art display that will bob in the gray Boston Harbor water.
The stars of the show? Two large, multi-colored sheep created by artist Hilary Zelson, who was picked by a panel of judges from a group of 10 artists.
Plans call for the 12-foot-tall sheep to be built from a mix of both recycled and new materials, and rest on a 10-foot-by-10-foot float.
Zelson’s installation, called “Who Wears Wool,” is a whimsical hat-tip to the neighborhood’s former wool industry and trade.
The colorful sheep will be displayed for six weeks beginning in October between the Congress and Summer street bridges.
Earlier this year, the Fort Point Arts Community, or FPAC, put out a request for proposals for this year’s project.
The nonprofit group was seeking a prominent display that connects the neighborhood’s arts community with residents and visitors.
Zelson’s idea fit the bill, especially for its historical aspects.
“The projects were all really interesting, but this had a particular tie to Fort Point. It was really appealing to the jury,” said Emily O’Neil, FPAC’s executive director. “It was also humorous, and the jury knew it would be eye-catching to see two multicolored sheep floating in the harbor.”
Zelson is a local artist who specializes in site-specific installations. When she isn’t creating enormous sheep sculptures, Zelson attends school. She is currently working toward a masters degree in fine arts, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, through Tufts University.
O’Neil said Zelson’s sheep would be “incredibly detailed.”
“She’s an amazing artist,” she said. “It will be crafted to look just like wool.”
Past art installations in the channel have included “Tropical Fort Point,” a series of floating palm trees, and a 10-foot-tall polystyrene pyramid that still floats elsewhere in Boston Harbor.
FPAC has been placing floating art in the channel for 11 years.
The series of waterborne projects is done in collaboration with the Friends of Fort Point Channel, and funded by the Fort Point Channel Operations Board.