In 2007 John Powell created Dana Park Quotes, a work of public art that draws on the prose and poetry of various writers who had association with the neighborhood over the last two centuries. Powell has mounted eight aluminum discs on the light poles marking the perimeter of the central lawn and the pathway encircling it. Each disc measures eighteen inches in diameter and is laser-cut with letters forming quotations from selected writers and poets who lived in or visited Cambridgeport during its 300-year history. Mounted high on the lamp posts, the discs rotate slightly with wind movement and catch sky, sunlight, foliage, and lamplight as the conditions of the day or night change. The play of light activates the form and the text.
Familiar to many are Powell's local, temporary, and permanent light installations, including Zoetrope Plaza at the new home of WGBH, the Arsenal Center for the Arts opening dedication, bridges across the Charles River, the Boston Public Library commemoration of the new millennium, and the Evelyn Moakely Bridge illumination in honor of the Democratic National Convention in Boston. John Powell has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Architectural Center, and Endicott College. He earned his MSVS at MIT and his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art.
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