What Do We Have In Common?
The installation created by Janet Zweig asked park-goers questions about who owns precious resources. Some questions are whimsical, some get at the very core of our well-being as a society, yet the answer is always the same: no one and everyone. The magic and the wisdom of our parks is that they ask us to come together for their care. The core work of the Friends of the Public Garden is in this practice. As we have worked through this challenging time to forge a better future, we wanted to celebrate what we have in common and how caring for those things together makes us stronger. It was our hope that the artwork will highlight the practice of caring for what we have in common to actively forge community.
The project instilled a sense of pride and ownership for the natural resources and cultural importance of the Boston Common by sparking curiosity and inviting conversation about how we tend to the things we hold in common.
We acknowledge that our parks occupy what was the unceded land, marshlands, and waterways of the Massachusett Nation, today known as Boston. We acknowledge the painful history of forced removal of Indigenous peoples from their land, and that the work of repair is ongoing. In the spirit of the Massachusett people past, present and future, we acknowledge that we live in a bond of reciprocity with the plant and animal relatives who call our parks home. We honor the gifts given to us by this land and return them with our care.
The Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall are cared for by the Friends of the Public Garden, in partnership with the Boston Parks Department for all to enjoy.
Curated by Now + There
Now + There is a public art curator that challenges Boston’s cultural identity by taking artistic risks and consistently producing compelling projects. Projects are temporary and site specific. Now + There’s mission is to foster artists and the public to create bold public art experiences that open minds, conversations, and spaces across Boston, resulting in a more open, equitable, and vibrant city.
Photo credits: Erin Sunderland, Michael Dwyer, Kate Gilbert, Jan Trousilek