Whenever I walk in the Greenway, I see where they are building the new carousel park. Can’t wait until it launches! The carousel critters are so unusual.
Taryn Plumb writes in the Globe about the three years of painstaking work that have gone into creating them.
“A miniaturized right whale is caught in mid-spout, baleen exposed, barnacles clinging.
“A sea turtle swims, its wide shell blushed with yellow and iridescent red, flippers with waves of violet, pink, and cobalt.
“Enormous butterflies hover – monarchs in dramatic orange and black; buckeyes boasting amethyst spots; swallowtails showing off elaborate webbed patterns of scarlet, purple, and blue.
“Carousels usually evoke images of horses of various shapes and sizes, adorned with flamboyant regalia, circling endlessly in trots and leaps to a backdrop of colorful lights and carnival music.
“But this carousel – designed, sculpted, and painted by two local artists, and soon to adorn the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston – is a horse of a different color.
“In fact, it doesn’t have any horses at all.
“ ‘You’ll never see another one like this,’ said designer Jeff Briggs of Newburyport. ‘It’s much more elaborate, much more intense.’
“To be installed by Labor Day weekend, the carousel will include a resplendent assortment of local land, sea, and air creatures: lobsters, rabbits, owls, a skunk, squirrel, fox, right whale, sea turtle, cod, peregrine falcon, grasshopper, three species of butterflies, a sea serpent gondola, and a harbor seal chariot. According to the Rose Fitzgerald Greenway Conservancy, the animals were inspired by drawings from Boston schoolchildren, and the project, which also includes a new park, was funded by grants and several dozen donors.” More.
Who will join me when it opens?
Photo: Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe
Sculptor Jeff Briggs has spent the last three years creating the animals on the carousel for the Rose Kennedy Greenway.