Landscape architect Ken Smith has done it again ... this time it's Fenway Deity, installed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The inflatable medallion, suspended from a gold necklace, faces the Boston Fens and echoes the large wheel window on the opposite facade of the building.
According to the museum, Smith feels the pop art medallion "will serve as a new conduit for the Museum's creative energy to protect the Fens from negative spirits and promote environmental renewal, health, and happiness along the Fenway and beyond."
This installation is just the latest in Smith's Garden Deities series. "What I really like about the Gardner collection is the eclectic mix of East and West in the selection of art," Smith said. "It's that mixing of ideas from East and West that is at the heart of what the deity is about. The deity is an Eastern idea that we are using in a kind of Western way."
Fenway Deity will be on view through September 28th ... and don't forget that Smith is speaking at the Museum -- part of its Landscape Lectures series -- on June 11th at 7PM. Details here.