Significant art in New England has ventured beyond museum walls to entice new audiences in a fresh-air environment.
Case in point: The Trustees of Reservations’ summer art installation “New Horizon” by artist Doug Aitken. If you’ve always wanted to soar above breathtaking coastal or pastoral landscapes in a hot air balloon, “New Horizon” might be your chance.
Whether you opt for a ticket aloft in the balloon, or watch it waft by for free, this mirrored orb is bound to draw thousands of spectators as the focal point of a unique moving-art installation. There also will be a variety of ticketed musical performances and inspiring discussions at each of the balloon’s 14 scheduled appearances, July 12-28, from Martha’s Vineyard to Ipswich to the Berkshires.
Trustees’ President and CEO Barbara Erickson describes the ambitious project as “a visceral intersection between art and nature.”
Aiken, who is a multimedia artist and filmmaker known for his large-scale outdoor installations, adds the work will function as a lighthouse, drawing people “to experience art in a different, immersive way with music and a mirrored sculpture that journeys across a landscape to reflect the changing landscape beneath it.”
At night, the balloon will transform into a tethered light sculpture, backdrop to performances by musicians Mac DeMarco, Dan Bejar, Kelsey Lu, Jónsi, Julie Byrne and Helado Negro.
5 Places For Fresh Air and Art
Stroll outside as you up your art-appreciation IQ.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Stroll around 30 acres dotted with works by artists such as Sol LeWitt, Paul Matisse, Paul McCarthy, Dorothy Dehner and Orly Genger. The museum building itself has over 3,400 additional works in its collection.
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy brings innovative and contemporary art to Boston through temporary exhibitions on its downtown band of parks. All summer long, the mile-and-a-half stretch becomes a vibrant public park and outdoor entertainment destination for thousands of visitors.
7 a.m.-11 p.m.
MIT Public Art Collection
This renowned center for science and technology seems to also have an eye to the creative world. MIT’s Public Art Collection reaches across the campus, featuring 51 works of art by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso and other major artists.
MIT Campus, Cambridge
Arts on the Point
Surrounded by views of Boston Harbor, the Arts on the Point collection features works by Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Luis Jiménez, Shelia Pope, Mark di Suvero, Dennis Oppenheim, and others. A digital map points to each of the sculptures.
UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
The transformed, 14-acre Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina is an outdoor gallery representing local and international artists through murals, sculptures and more.
256 Marginal St., East Boston
7 a.m.-7 p.m.