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

Fujiko Nakaya in Boston. Courtesy Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Conservancy welcomes to Boston and Brookline Fujiko Nakaya’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures,” marking her five decade career with works at five sites along the historic urban parks that link more than a dozen neighborhoods, and provide a natural, recreational and cultural conduit for the community. Created in response to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), Nakaya’s “climate responsive” shape-shifting, pure water forms invite visitors to immerse themselves in the art, experience nature anew, and appreciate the vital role of the Emerald Necklace in our city’s history, present, and future.

Organized by the Conservancy with curator Jen Mergel, this FREE public art presentation is on view every day, hourly from dawn to dusk, from August 11 through October 31. Learn how to visit!
Nakaya calls fog “the most generous medium” and has collaborated for decades with artists, musicians, designers and more to transform her fog sculptures to  “fog performances.” Artists in the Boston area are welcome to submit proposals for events. Check our calendar for a schedule of fog events!

Way-finding on the Emerald Necklace

The temporary exhibition Fog x FLO provides an opportunity to pilot new way-finding approaches to the art, and to other destinations within the Emerald Necklace parks. Through temporary signage and smartphone app, visitors can track distances and travel times between park sites, directions to nearby amenities and from nearby neighborhoods. Stay tuned for these way-finding helpers to add content and context to your experience of the parks.

A Re-imagined Shattuck Visitor Center

Keep your eye out for new displays in the Shattuck Visitor Center on the Back Bay Fens at 125 The Fenway (footsteps from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Northeastern University). Since 2010, the H. H. Richardson-designed gatehouse has served as a headquarters for the Conservancy, but will soon add new exhibits. Visitors will be able to learn more about Fog x FLO, Nakaya, Olmsted, the history of the Emerald Necklace, the Conservancy and more.

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.

How to Visit Fog x FLO

Exhibition Map

Make a Gift

Email to learn more:
Veronika Trufanova, Director of Development and External Relations

Email for media inquiries:
Edwina Kluender, Communications Consultant


Fog Performances

Interested In Performing?

Fog x Canopy (#72509_Fens), tree fog on Clemente Field Path, Back Bay Fens. Photo: Melissa Ostrow

Rendering of Fog x Island (#72509_Leverett Pond), island fog on Leverett Pond, Brookline. Courtesy Fujiko Nakaya | Processart Inc.

Fog x Beach (#72509_Jamaica Pond), fog bowl near The Beach, Jamaica Pond. Photo: Melissa Ostrow

Fog x Hill (#72509_Arnold Arboretum), fogfall on Hunnewell Hillside, Arnold Arboretum. Photo: Melissa Ostrow

Fog x Ruins (#72509_Franklin Park Overlook), cloud dome for Overlook Ruins, Franklin Park. Photo: Melissa Ostrow

Rendering of re-imagined Shattuck Visitor Center. Courtesy Bos|UA and MTWTF

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, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté, The Boston Foundation, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal, Brooke and John Cook, Plimpton Shattuck Fund, Kate and Ben Taylor, The Japan Foundation, Fish Family Fund, James and Audrey Foster, Kohlberg Greer Fund, Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Dr. Barbara Millen and Family, Samuels & Associates and an anonymous donor. Media sponsors: Boston magazine, The Boston Globe.