Lavender Ruins at Fog X Ruins

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Lavender Ruins

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Please note: Lavender Ruins may not play if Fog x Ruins is offline. Click here to check on the status of Fog x Ruins and other fog sculptures.

An evening concert sound installation by Neil Leonard made in response to Fog x Ruins, Fujiko Nakaya’s site-specific fog sculpture for Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins, the site where Elma Lewis invited Duke Ellington to perform annually for Playhouse in the Park.

Leonard’s composition fills the site of Nakaya’s dancing fog and lighting design by Shiro Takatani, with sound that also pays tribute to the visionary concepts of Fujiko Nakaya and the sonic imagination of Duke Ellington. The work revisits selected themes by Ellington including Lady of the Lavender Mist, The Kissing Mist, Atmosphere (Moon Mist), A Blue Fog That You Can Almost See Through (Transblucency), The Fog That Clouds It (Schwiphti). As these titles suggest, the music is atmospheric, lush and mist-like. The sound is reminiscent of Duke Ellington’s Boston-area born saxophonists, Harry Carney, and Johnny Hodges, who recorded these themes with Ellington and performed with his orchestra in the Ruins.

This 20-minute sound installation, playing at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, comprises an array of speakers located at the Overlook Shelter Ruins surrounding the fog sculpture and audience.

Parks for All: How City Parks Address Inequity (at Boston Public Library)

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Of interest to Franklin Park Coalition Members:

The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center invites a panel of experts to address the question of how cities can achieve equitable access to open spaces. Panelists will expand upon barriers to access, and the interwoven challenges of environmental stewardship, resilient infrastructure, and transportation; they will also talk about solutions, and the ways that audience members can engage politically to advocate for their open spaces. Panelists include Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, Associate Professor of Practice and Director of City Planning and Urban Affairs at Boston University; Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy; and Kevin Essington, Director, Southern New England Area at The Trust for Public Land. The panel will be moderated by Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston.

Following a question-and-answer session, audience members and panelists are invited to view the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces.