Comment on the Freedom Public Art Project Proposals

VietAID is commissioning an artist to install a permanent work of art based on the theme of freedom on Town Field in Fields Corner. The three artists who are the finalists in the competition to create the artwork presented their proposals to the community on October Artists Presentation Meeting20th. The artists, Anh Tran, Joe O’Connell and Juanjo Novella, brought models of their proposed sculptures for the public to view. They all did a great job with their presentations.

With such good proposals, it will be hard to select the winner. We need your feedback! View the finalists’ full proposals here and post or send us your comments.


Anh Tran with model
     Joe O'Connell with models     Juanjo Novella with model

The artists’ presentation boards are on display at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, through October 29th.

IMG_3326The models of the sculptures will be on display at VietAID’s Community Center, 42 Charles Street, this weekend (October 25 & 26) from noon to 5 p.m., during Dorchester Open Studios.

Give us your feedback by October 29th. The winning artist will be announced on November 7th.


Freedom Public Art Project Proposals

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) will commission one artist to create a permanent and highly visible art work at Doherty-Gibson Park (also known as Town Field) to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture, honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy, and simultaneously serve as inspiration for the neighborhood’s aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime.

VietAID issued a call to artists throughout the world to apply, and 144 artists from 27 states and 9 countries submitted their qualifications. A selection committee comprised of residents, community leaders, artists, and a university professor selected three artists, Anh Tran, Joe O’Connell, and Juanjo Novella, to create a design proposal.

The finalists each presented their concepts at a public meeting held on October 20, 2014. Summary information is below. Each artist’s concept board was on display at the Fields Corner Branch Library through October 29, 2014.

Please click on each image below for the artist’s original proposal:

Anh Tran                             Joe O’Connell                         Juanjo Novella

Anh_Tran_Small      O'Connell_2_Concepts_Small      Novella 28_Small

Additional Information from the Finalists

We encouraged the public to give us feedback in the comments box below or at the Fields Corner Branch Library. All comments that were received by 5 p.m. on October 29, 2014 were shared with the selection committee. The winner will be announced on November 7, 2014.


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