Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary

In 2018, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy turns 20, and we are celebrating with three major projects that share the story of Boston’s Emerald Necklace parks.

Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace

August 11 – October 31, 2018

“Fog x FLO” artist Fujiko Nakaya

This summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy welcomes Fujiko Nakaya’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures” at five sites along the Emerald Necklace. On view daily from August 11 to October 31, the immersive, site-responsive sculptures will mark five decades of Nakaya’s career along miles of parks that link more than a dozen of Boston and Brookline’s historic neighborhoods, and provide a natural, recreational and cultural conduit for the city.

Placing art in conversation with nature, and created in response to the to the landmarked landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), Nakaya installs shape-shifting, cloud-like, pure water forms that rhythmically appear and dissipate, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the art, and then experience the landscape anew. Just as FLO’s Emerald Necklace may at first appear as “nature untouched,” Nakaya’s rigorous planning yields artful outcomes that appear spontaneous. Her works are designed to enhance and reinforce their natural settings on and near landscapes, ponds, tree canopies, bridges, and architecture throughout the parks.

In honor of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s 20th Anniversary, Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace invites the public to experience Nakaya’s world renowned works locally, and to celebrate the Emerald Necklace’s unique place in the history of landscape design, architecture, Boston and urban development.

How to Visit:

(Coming Soon)


Support Our 20th Anniversary Initiatives

We invite sponsorship support of our 20th Anniversary from individuals, foundations corporations. Supporters receive benefits including visibility, special access, invitations to events, and more.

To make a gift:
Donate online in support of Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace

To learn more:
Veronika Trufanova, Director of Development and External Relations, 617.522.2700 or vtrufanova@emeraldnecklace.org.

For media inquiries:
Edwina Kluender, communications consultant, eakluender@gmail.com.


Clemente Field, Back Bay Fens

Conifer Hill, Arnold Arboretum

Jamaica Pond

Overlook Ruins, Franklin Park

Way-finding on the Emerald Necklace

Fog x FLO and the Conservancy’s 20th Anniversary provide an opportunity to pilot new physical and digital wayfinding approaches in the Emerald Necklace parks. For the first time, visitors will be offered information such as distances and travel times between park destinations, directions to nearby amenities, and from nearby neighborhoods to the parks. Stay tuned for these wayfinding helpers, in time for the opening of Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace.

A Re-Imagined Shattuck Visitor Center

Keep your eye out for new displays in the Shattuck Visitor Center in the H. H. Richardson-designed gatehouse across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since 2010, the building has served as a headquarters for the Conservancy, but will soon add new exhibits, an interactive visitor experience and youth education programs. Visitors to Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace will be able to visit the Shattuck Visitor Center to learn more about the exhibition and discover the history of the Muddy River in the Emerald Necklace, the Conservancy, and more.

Organizers and Sponsors

Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace and other 20th Anniversary programs are organized by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in partnership with the City of Boston, Town of Brookline Parks and Open Space Division, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Barbara and Amos Hostetter, High Meadows Foundation, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal, Brooke and John Cook, Plimpton Shattuck Fund, Kate and Ben Taylor, The Japan Foundation, Kohlberg Greer Fund, Dr. Barbara Millen and Family, Fish Family Fund and an anonymous donor. Media sponsor: Boston magazine.