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VELLUCCI PLAZA

As part of the Cambridge Street Improvements, artists Jock Reynolds and Suzanne Hellmuth have served as lead-designers of Vellucci Plaza in Inman Square. The artists have placed a great emphasis on making the area inviting and safe. The dense canopy of Locust trees will be thinned to let sunlight in and special lights will be suspended from cables over the space to provide evenly diffused lighting without lurking shadows. Three 18" high granite planters will be placed in asymmetrical formation, with wood platforms on top for seating. A variety of plants, including a series of white Birches, will reflect the strong tradition of gardening in the neighborhood, while also providing barriers from the loud traffic on both sides of the plaza. A gridded wall along the back will provide a barrier for the direct abutters. The scale of the open spaces between the planters has been determined to encourage groups to assemble for meetings and performances.

Jock Reynolds and Suzanne Hellmuth have collaborated on several large-scale public art projects since 1975, including a multi-facetted project for an herb garden at the University of Washington, Seattle. They have won numerous awards, including five public art grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Fulbright Fellowship. Their work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, France, the Netherlands and across the United States and is represented in the public collections of the Walker Arts Center, the Smithsonian's National Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Hood Art Gallery at Dartmouth College.

The project is slated for completion in late summer, 2004.