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Help Build the Award Winning ENfold Pavilion!

We are looking for volunteers to help assemble ENfold a 500′ glowing ribbon in Frederick Law Olmsted’s Evan’s Way Park, directly across from the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum. The installation has already been recognized by the Boston Society of Architects, as it has been nominated to receive an 2013 Unbuilt Architecture Award. We need your help to make it happen!

This temporary installation was commissioned by the Fenway Alliance to commemorate the designation of the Fenway as Boston’s first state-wide Cultural District. The Fenway Alliance – the designated manager of the District – includes twenty-two institutions in the Fenway area, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardner Museum, and the Berklee College of Music. ENfold is a translucent ribbon that stretches across the park and derives its form from the graceful canopy of trees that cover the park.

ENfold will serve as an interactive backdrop to support formal – and informal – programming for the greater Fenway Community during September and October of 2012. It will be a key component of a youth arts program at the Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors event. ENfold will also act as an imaginative frame for musical performances including a Brazilian drumming band, a tai chi exhibition, and a plethora of other artistic experiences. As the Fenway “opens its doors” to the entire extended community, the installation will gently embrace its visiting creators inspiring new experiences with both nature and the arts.

The installation includes a porous fabric of light-weight debris netting including sections that can be woven with strips for children to create a large-scale artwork designed by art educators from the adjacent institutions. Official construction will take place during the last two weeks of September based on an analysis of the on-site trees and other site conditions. An understanding of prevailing wind direction and speed helped generate a fastening system that protects tree bark and other delicate plant material.

Sponsors for this installation include:

Perkins + Will

The Fenway Alliance Group

Consigli Construction

Shawmut Design and Construction


Lee Kennedy Company

 Boston Light Source

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


ENfold will provide support for organized outdoor programs including:

The Big Draw – A children’s art program sponsored by the School of the MFA and the Gardner Museum. The Big Draw is an interactive event for children to make artwork to become part of the ENfold installation. Children will emboss patterns, from natural plant material in the park such as leaves and tree bark, into a gold foil square. Embossings will be fastened to the surface ENfold to create a shimmering wall.

Performance by Bloco Afro-Brazil Band – sponsored by Berklee College of Music – Bloco Afro-Brazil band will play and dance to percussions of Carnival along ENfold.

Tai Chi with Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Institute - A Tai Chi workshop with Grand Master Bow Sim Mark, the founder of the first Chinese Wushu Research Institute in Boston. Bow Sim Mark Practices traditional and standardized martial arts from China. The Institute and its affiliated schools around the world offer a variety of classes, seminars, and publications.

Taekwon-do with Jae H. Kim Taekwon-do Institute – A taekwon-do workshop with Hun Kim of the Jae H. Kim Taekwon-do Institute, one of the best known Taekwon-do schools in the country.

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