Our 2021 public art installation is All About Us, a collaborative project between local artist Ponnapa Prakkamakul and Fabrication Studio at Sasaki. The installation will be a sculptural pollinator garden installed in Monmouth Park from May 28 to October 31, 2021.
The sculpture is inspired by the landscape of the Greater Boston area. The artwork is divided into three pieces that replicate a glacier movement that formed the geomorphology of this area. One side exhibits the unique underground conditions, showing intertwined layers of Boston’s Puddingstone and Boston Blue Clay together with other sediments. Another side shows landscape scenes of the Brookline area from the Fens to residential neighborhoods. Each piece contains a message selected and translated into braille by Amber Pearcy. The selected messages aim to express the visual representation of the pattern into words for an inclusive experience.
In addition, the sculpture will serve as a native pollinator garden providing a food source for local pollinator species. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators in an ecosystem and how each of us can contribute to our environment. “Reflecting back on the current situation that makes all of us stay apart in isolation, I hope this art piece makes us think about how we can find a creative way to become pollinators connecting each other in this shared, new normal world,” Prakkamakul said.
A workshop will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 1:00-3:00PM. Learn more HERE and sign up by emailing email@example.com.
About the Artist: Ponnapa Prakkamakul is a Thai contemporary visual artist and a landscape architect who uses the painting process as a tool to experience, understand, and connect with her surrounding environment. Ponnapa holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where she received the Lowthorpe Fellowship Award upon graduation. She has been working on public art projects with the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Design Museum in Portland, ACDC and the Pao Art Center in Chinatown Boston. Ponnapa currently lives and works in Massachusetts.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation and by the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.