Now + There Public Art Accelerator
David Buckley Borden was selected to participate in Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator program in 2019. Over the the year Borden received guidance, technical support, and funding necessary to create a community-driven public art project in the city of Boston.
Borden’s creative process began with an open-ended exploration of public art concepts. These “unsolicited proposals” served as research in terms community partners, installation site, creative direction, and environmental issues relative to the Charles River.
Borden’s final public art project is slated to be installed in Summer 2020.
About the Public Art Accelerator Program
Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator builds the public art pipeline in Boston by offering an on-ramp for early to mid-career Boston-area artists to successfully participate in the dynamic realm of public art. The program equips participating artists with the skills and sensibilities necessary to conceptualize compelling neighborhood-centric temporary public artworks and grants funding to support their projects.
About Now + There
For Boston, and all who are curious and engaged, Now + There is a public art curator that challenges our city’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling projects. Our projects are temporary and site specific, hence our name. Our mission is to deliver thought-provoking, public art projects that advance new definitions of public art, acculturate Boston to the cultural, social and economic benefits of art, and help define Boston's essential public art identity.
Learn more about the Public Art Accelerator program and Now + There here.
Climate Change As Inconvenient Reality. Make climate change impossible to ignore with triangular-arrow installation within tunnel. It’s a terribly impractical proposal, and that’s why I like it.
Riparian Rally Flag: Red Maple Jack. Highlight riparian trees of the Charles River Basin with three-sided translucent “flags” wrapped around multi-trunked trees. Flag series features bold icons to foreground local tree species. For example, Acer rubrum, the red maple, also known as swamp, or water maple, is represented by it’s trademark two-winged samara.
River Pollution Flags. A graphic mash; pollution chemistry clashing with recreation culture along the Charles River.
Charles River Pollution Adrift.
"Fife and Oil Drum" Pollution Parade. Version 1A.
"Fife and Oil Drum" Pollution Parade. Version 2B.
River Bank Battle Flag. Not everyone in Boston loves Canada Geese.
Ecological Tantrum Simulators. Two future atmosphere simulators foreground carbon dioxide effects in terms of temperature, humidity, smog, and overall air quality.
Larged painted timber as statement of climate change inequality in Boston and beyond.