We launched Artistic Migration in Fall 2015, to culminate our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Beginning at Brookline Day in September, the project spanned two months and provided opportunities for the community to participate in a special collaboration with artist Frank Criscione.

Working with the BAC, Criscione developed a project to engage the Brookline Community, of all ages, in creating, sharing and experiencing the process of developing a public sculpture. The BAC suggested ‘Bird’ as a theme – expressing hope, beauty and community. Criscione imagined a piece that would feel at home and comfortably out of place in a public space; something dynamic and a bit obtrusive to engage and excite the community.

Criscione’s four foot tall sculpture is reminiscent of ‘bird-ness’ rather than a realistic expression. This simplified expression of form is accented by its exposed building method of wood blocks dyed in a variety of colors. After its components were dyed by members of the community, Criscione’s ‘Bird’ migrated to three locations in Brookline.

Artistic Migration was produced in partnership with the Town of Brookline’s Parks and Open Space Division with the generous support of Blick Art Materials and Chobee Hoy. Artistic Migration now permanently resides in Monmouth Park, adjacent to the BAC.

About the Artist:

“I looked to a building method that would carry a contemporary significance and have elements of its creation that were accessible to all ages,” said Criscione. “The piece is designed to be assembled and easily dis-assembled to allow movement and installation throughout the community,” he said.

Frank Criscione is an artist and designer based in Boston, MA. He is an Adjunct Professor in ID at the Massachusetts College of Art + Design. As American Handcraft, Criscione creates custom and proprietary housewares, art, furniture and furnishings in a variety of materials including wood, steel, textiles and ceramics.