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The Greene • Rose Memorial Park

Greene Rose Heritage Park Greene Rose Heritage Park

The Greene • Rose Memorial Park, which was dedicated on June 11, 2008, is a one-acre park on Harvard Street in the Area IV neighborhood that incorporates existing community gardens and tennis courts into the newly designed recreational space that features a multi-use field, a playground with water sprinklers, new landscaping, and three new public artworks.

Three artists, Laura Evans, Tory Fair, and Kenneth Speiser, were commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council’s Public Art Program to create sculptural responses to a standard piece of urban furniture, the tradational park bench. Each artist brings his or her artistic vocabulary and personal vision to an interpretation of the ubiquitous steel park bench and the site of public recreation and gathering.


Benches by Laura Evans

  Laura Evans bench
   


Bench by Tory Fair

Tory Fair's prepatory sketch of benchTory Fair and bench

 

Tory Fair is inspired by the playing field markings of competitive sports. The center circle, the corner kick lines, the goal lines, and the field boundaries are all metaphorical markers that define a charged space. For the The Greene • Rose Memorial Park, Fair plays with the markings of a hopscotch court. Transferring the sense of contested ground from the world of sports to the realm of public interaction, Fair’s park bench, a literal site of human conversation and interaction, suggests the “hidden Straegies and logic that people bring to their conversations and everyday activities."  

Bench by Kenneth Speiser

Kenneth Speiser's bench  
   

More information on the The Greene • Rose Memorial Park project can be found at Cambridge Community Development Department website.