Vanishing Species: A Tenuous Grasp

Saturday, October 20, 2:30 - 2:40 p.m.

In this ten-minute immersive theatrical performance,  journey through time to meet landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead (FLO), the visionary behind Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Hear from FLO about his vision for living within nature, followed by Zoo historian Dr. Rory Browne, who will take us through the history of Franklin Park Zoo, describing how modern zoos have since expanded upon FLO’s vision. Using fog as both a backdrop and player, zoo staff-turned-performance artists will convey the plight of extinct species and how zoos are helping to bring threatened species back from the brink of extinction. 

The Vanishing Species performance takes place in Franklin Park’s “Fog x Ruins,” a fog sculpture brought to life by artist Fujiko Nakaya. Created in response to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Olmstead, 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. Fog x Ruins is one of Nakaya’s five fog sculpture installations found throughout the city.

Google Coordinates
Fog x Ruins, Franklin Park
Nearest transit: Green Street Station, MBTA Orange Line

From transit: Exit the station onto Green Street. Take a right down Green Street, following it for about 10 minutes until you reach Franklin Park. Follow the path into Franklin Park for about three minutes and take a left at the intersection. Fog x Ruins will appear in the stone ruins to your right.

Parking: Enter “Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Road, Boston, MA 02119” into your GPS device. Free parking is available at this location.

From parking: Walk towards the baseball field in front of the parking lot, and turn right onto the paved path running behind the baseball field. Follow this path for about 3 minutes. Fog x Ruins will appear in the stone ruins to your right.

Photo: Melissa Ostrow