“Never Too Much, Always Enough” Temporary Art Installation Commemorates Frederick Law Olmsted’s Bicentennial

The Boston Mayor’s Mural Team and the National Park Service recently unveiled their joint contribution to Olmsted 200, the national bicentennial celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy.

The series of temporary park furniture, called “never too much, always enough,” features 24 chairs in six locations in the Emerald Necklace, Olmsted’s last work. Each chair was constructed by repurposing the distinctive white spruce fence designed by Olmsted to surround the Frederick Law Olmsted (Fairstead) National Historic Site. Heidi Schork, who founded The Mayor’s Mural Crew, designed the chair, inspired to use the same curves found in Fairsted’s beautiful fence. Each sustainable chair can be enjoyed in the following places:

  • Jamaica Lake, in the southwest corner overlooking the lake and in the northwest corner among the trees

  • Franklin Park, to the left of the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse and at the top of Scarborough Hill (next to hole 12 of the golf course)

  • Allerton Overlook, off Pond Avenue next to Leverett Pond in Olmsted Park

  • Back Bay Fens, off Park Drive behind the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden

This project was conceptualized and brought to life by a group of youth artists employed by the City of Boston Department of Youth Employment, along with adult artists employed by the Boston Parks Department, including: Ayana Kanti, Amina Yahya, Bobby Zabin, Camila Aguilera-Steinert, Eli Swanson, Emmett Hughes, Heidi Schork (Program Director, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Ines Bendavid-Wahl, Jamar Joseph, Jerome Jones (Lead Artist, The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Kayla Depina, Lania Harding, Liz O’Brien (Program Manager , The Mayor’s Mural Crew), Lucy Edelstein-Rosenberg, Maya Poremba, Madalen Bigsby-Licht, Nalani Reid, Niamh Mulligan, Tony Depina, Xavier James, Xavier Santiago and Zariah Wilkerson. The construction of the chairs was led by Jerome Jones, who acquired the knowledge and skills to build a chair as a teenager at Mona High School in St. Andrew’s, Jamaica.

“Olmsted directed his Fairstead firm to do ‘the best for Boston at all times.’ Olmsted believed that thoughtfully designed green space was necessary for community building and that “parks are for the people.” We are excited to bring ‘never too much, always enough’ to the Emerald Necklace,” said Supervising Ranger Brianne Cassetta of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. “In collaboration with the creative talents of The Mayor’s Mural Crew, we are pleased to welcome you to enjoy these reimagined spaces where people from all over Boston can come together and find community.”

“Olmsted’s values ​​resonate brilliantly in 21st century cities and the post-pandemic world. Together with Fairstead, we have carefully focused on creating a space where people can connect and be inspired, as Olmsted did,” said Liz O’Brien of The Mayor’s Mural Crew. “Olmsted would be extremely proud of our young artists, who went above and beyond in the midst of Boston’s hottest summer in 150 years to create this historic work of art.

Visitors are encouraged to share their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #nevertoomuchalwaysenough.

For The Mayor’s Mural Crew

The Mayor’s Mural Crew, a program of the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department, is celebrating its 31st year of hiring Boston teenagers to create large-scale public art projects in neighborhoods and parks. Learn more about our work on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

For the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

The Frederick Law Olmsted (Fairsted) National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service located in Brookline, Massachusetts. Olmsted is recognized as the founder of the American landscape architecture profession and the nation’s largest producer of parks. Learn more about the site, Olmsted, and programming on Instagram and Facebook.

About Olmsted 200

Olmsted 200 is a project of the Olmsted National Park Association dedicated to the national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. Follow along Twitter and Instagram.

About Olmsted now

Olmsted Now, the bicentennial of Olmsted in Greater Boston, is an urgent opportunity to build an inclusive coalition of civic, nonprofit and community partners, all of whom have a stake in the future of parks and public places and unite around shared values ​​of shared health, shared use and shared value. Follow on Instagram.

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