Charispiral

Submitted by Mary Ann Mears

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Client: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $90,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Charlotte Riggs

Boston Arts

Client

David Burson

Partners Real Estate and Facilities

Artist

Mary Ann Mears

Overview

Charispiral, Painted Aluminum, 17’ x 13’ x 8.’ Iconic sculpture which greets people as they approach Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital located on the water in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston.

Goals

Charispiral is a visual metaphor for the relationship between a caregiver and a patient. Each form is an interpretation of a spiral; each is at a different stage in evolving/revolving.  Each is strong in its own individuality and, at the same time, necessary to complete the sweep of the sculpture as a whole composition.  The sculpture is highly gestural, which underlines its connection to human physicality.

Process

A highlight of this project was the close collaboration with the leadership of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital as well as the architects, landscape architect and the arts consultants, Boston Arts.