A wall is a continuous vertical section of masonry one unit thick, and a core is something formed by or as if by weaving or interlacing. Put the two together and you’ve got Wythe & Web, the newest public art installation at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.
I (often accompanied by my dog Lucy!) @metchewCurtis Hall’s Wythe & Web project in Jamaica Plain since work started some time ago, and I was super excited to get a preview today – and meet the artist again! Opening on November 4 at 4:30 p.m. pic.twitter.com/2NcvBoBdmw
– Alley Stoughton (@fullyabstract) 28 October 2021
Artist Matthew Hinçman began his work on the project in January 2021, and the community will finally have the opportunity to celebrate it on November 4 (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) with the art on the library lawn and Curtis Room. The event will feature music, poetry and more.
The city commissioned this project as part of the city’s Percent for Art program.
Hinçman wrote the following account of the project:
The lawn of the municipal campus which includes the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library and the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center has been altered with a sculptural intervention. A series of low brick walls now zigzag across the lawn on an approximate north-south axis. Some walls are capped with brightly colored glazed bricks, while others are capped more conventionally with granite slabs. Separated from the walls, five chairs inhibit the lawn. Chairs take their form from ubiquitous aluminum tubing, vinyl strap folding chairs found in millions of gardens and lawns. Yet these chairs are constructed of bronze – chair sculptures – immortalizing this very familiar and home-like piece of furniture.
Passers-by are greeted to the site by the newly created gate on the South Street sidewalk, where a section of the 150ft iron fence and granite curb has been removed.
This sculptural intervention offers the public a myriad of ways to engage in the work and resists a didactic and / or singular interpretation. A refined level of craftsmanship and use of materials, combined with the omnipresence of forms, offers viewers multiple points of view with which to engage with the work and construct meaning and / or narratives. Themes of history, community and monuments can inform the viewer’s interpretation.