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Boston Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that artist Amy Archambault has been selected as the BCA Summer 2015 Public Art Resident.  During her ten-week residency, Archambault will create inMotion: Memories of Invented Play, a large-scale, interactive structure that invites participants to uncommonly explore one of the most ubiquitous learned activities – riding a bicycle.

Featuring a four-section interactive structure fabricated from construction materials, athletic equipment, bicycles and additional accessories, inMotion fuses together the ideas and visual dialogues rooted in childhood play, group exercise, constructed place/landscape, and the body as an extension of space.

Each section of the artwork is designed to promote a diverse offering of activities and experiences from pedaling apparatus, cycling stations, resting areas, and wheel turning mechanisms that generate natural sounds reminiscent of the classic playing cards laced into rear wheels and spokes beads. In creating a safe, interactive, vibrant and visually complex installation that encourages multiple levels of engagement, Archambault aims to enliven the BCA’s thriving plaza while exploring imagination, memory and the relationship between functionality, design and play.


Related Public Programs:

block-openOpening Reception
Thursday, July 23 | 6-8 pm



block-wkshpZen and the Art of Fixing Your Bike: Youth Version
All Ages Bike Mechanic's Workshop (especially recommended for ages 7-12)
Wednesday, September 9 | 4:30-5:30 pm
BCA Plaza


block-wkshpBicycle Jam
Closing celebration with games and a hands-on bike workshop
Saturday, October 17 | 1-3 pm
Mills Gallery and BCA Plaza

About the Artist:

Amy Archambault received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, PA and BA from the College of the Holy Cross, MA. Archambault's large-scale installations, sculptures and inspective mixed media drawings uncover playful and unconventional activations of sites and structures that are seemingly void of human intervention. Her complex and energetic installations incorporate both the material and the visual languages of athletic culture, childhood play and the "home improvement" / constructive domain. Recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant (Sculpture / Installation), and member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, MA, Archambault has exhibited her work throughout the Northeast.

Archambault will participate in the "Isles Arts Initiative" (Summer 2015) on Georges Island (Boston Harbor Islands), Boston, MA. Her installation “Futile Ascent” was recently featured in a group exhibition at the GRIN Providence. Archambault was featured in Pulse Magazine for its “Up & Coming Local Artists” outlook in Central Massachusetts, 2012. She is currently Studio Supervisor and Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, MA.
Special thanks to New England Foundation for the Arts and to Landry's Bicycles, Galen Mook (Marketing & Advocacy, Landry's Bicycles), Elias Moe (Fabrication, Slaughterhouse Bikes) and Shrewsbury Lumber for their collaboration and efforts towards building a strong foundation and making the wheels turn.


Image credit: Amy Archambault


Project support:

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Funded in part by the Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

We are grateful to the Joan Mitchell Foundation for their support.

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Bounce by Liz Nofziger

Boston Center for the Arts Plaza

July 24 – October 15, 2014

BCA Artist Resident Liz Nofziger brings free community ping pong to the BCA Plaza this summer with Bounce, a colorful, interactive outdoor installation made up of three conjoined, regulation-sized ping pong tables, custom-engineered to form an oversized Community Ping Pong Court. This unique configuration, which opens to the public on July 24th and remains active on the Plaza through October 15th, encourages participants - from the proficient to the amateur - to try their skills, make new friends and make up their own rules. All are encouraged to stop and play - paddles and balls will be available at no charge around the clock. Each bounce of the ball will be captured by microphone and amplified, processed and played back in real time, adding another element of recreation to the work.

Read the full press release


bounce ping pong tableAre you up for a little friendly competition? Do you have a killer serve? Do you want to break out of your cubicle for some fun with your colleagues?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then sign up for the Bounce Company Tournament!

Friday, September 12
5:30-7:30 pm

The Company Tournament will pit teams of three against one another in a knockout tournament using standard table tennis rules.

Companies are invited to register in teams of three, with up to three teams per company.

Cheering sections are encouraged, as are displays of team spirit such as T-shirts, sweatbands, mascots and signs!


Two final Bounce tournaments announced:

Tuesday, September 16 | 6pm
BCA Plaza
Free and Open to the Public
Please come by for our Grand Finale Tournament, on Thursday, Oct 9, 7-8:30 pm, to enjoy this installation before it comes down on Oct 15.


Thursday, October 9 | 7pm
BCA Plaza
Free and Open to the Public


Informal ping pong tournaments on the BCA Plaza in conjunction with BCA summer 2014 Public Art Resident Liz Nofziger’s Bounce, a public art installation on view through October 15. All skill levels welcome!

IMAGE: Melissa Blackall Photography


We are grateful to the Joan Mitchell Foundation for its support.

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kettler logoThis project is made possible in part by the generous support of KETTLER® International, Inc.



Culture Tap

by New American Public Art

August 30 - October 18, 2013

Culture Tap is a pair of interactive kiosks that celebrate the South End’s culture and history, activated by a Charlie Card (no charge required). Created by Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman, members of the artist collective New American Public Art, the kiosks integrate audio clips of oral tradition, data collection and environmental lighting for a holistic approach to placemaking, quantitative metrics and local Boston pride. Since each Charlie Card has a unique RFID number (radio-frequency identification), different cards play different stories and activate different lighting combinations at each kiosk.

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Stories by Day: Swiping a Charlie Card during daylight hours plays an audio story relevant to the locality—a historical anecdote, a tale of a man who met his wife at the nearby bus stop, or any number of diverse community-based oral histories depending on the specific RFID number.

Lights By Night: After sunset a Charlie Card swipe activates environmental lighting near the kiosk, which may illuminate the surrounding architecture, foliage, or sidewalk. Swipes with different cards change the target or the color of the lights, depending on the specific RFID number.

Culture Tap is made possible through the generous support of Eastern Bank, Brewery Ommegang, the Boston Cultural Council and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, with special thanks to the Boston Art Commission.

Read about Culture Tap in this Boston Magazine feature

Watch a video of Culture Tap in action

Read the full press release

Listen to audio interviews collected by Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman for Culture Tap.


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by Jeanne Williamson

July 13 - October 14, 2012


Massachusetts-based artist Jeanne Williamson combines the spontaneous energy of yarnbombing with a painter's eye for detail in her large-scale fabric installations. Using the BCA Plaza Garden as a backdrop, Jeanne's Fence/Curtain 2.0 will be on view through October.


Image: Jeanne Williamson, Fence/Curtain 2.0 digital model



Occupy 539

by artist Philippe Lejeune and
architects Tim Severo and Andrew Adamopolous, in collaboration with artist Matthew Cleary

Summer 2011

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Architects Tim Severo and Andrew Adamopolous collaborated with artist Matthew Cleary to create a large-scale painting visitors walk into. The wooden arched structure comprised of painted Plexiglas panels invites passersby to step inside. The translucent artwork transforms depending on various angles and perspectives of the viewer.

Artist Philippe Lejeune designed a sculpture to be used as a stage for public performance. A wooden platform supporting a frame with double-sided mirrors and safety-glass alters the viewer's perception. Visitors' reflections become equally blended with the reflection on the opposite side of the glass. The stage's illusion provides a mesmerizing and contemplative effect for the general public. Other artists, including dancers and street performers, can manipulate this public art in many ways.



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