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The Shape of Play

Do you feel free to play?

The Shape of Play, a new public art installation by artist Sari Carel, commissioned by JArts and curated and produced by Now and There Inc, invites us to reflect on the connections between play and the universal search for freedom. An engaging multi-media work debuting in the North End, The Shape of Play invites people from across Boston to come, play, question, and explore what freedom means now and what it may look like in the future. Conceived in the pre-pandemic world, the project has taken on new importance in a city full of padlocked play spaces and calls us to break down the barriers to freedom our society has built.


*This art installation by Sari Carel, originally due to be installed in the spring of 2020, was postponed due to COVID. It will now be installed and viewable to the public in accordance with local and state public health guidelines, in the fall of 2020.


About the Artist 

Sari  Carel  is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist based in New York. She works at the intersection of art, science, history, and community. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as New York’s Artists Space; Dumbo Arts Festival; Los Angeles’s LAX Art and Young Projects; and Israel’s Tel Aviv University Gallery and Haifa Museum of Art. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, including AIR Vienna; the Socrates Sculpture Park Artist Fellowship and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency on Governors Island, New York. Recent exhibitions include Out of Thin Air, a public sound installation with community-driven workshops at City Hall Park in Manhattan and The A.I.R Gallery Biennial in Brooklyn.

~ Hear artist Sari Carel speak about her 2018 New York sound installation, “Out of Thin Air.” ~

About Now+There:

Now+There is a public art curator driven to deliver thought-provoking, public art projects that advance new definitions of public art, acculturate Boston to the cultural, social and economic benefits of art, and help define Boston’s essential public art identity.
Learn more about Now+There: nowandthere.org


Read thoughts on freedom and play from the JArts team and Now+There, here:


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playsounds  #shapeofplay  #saricarel  @now_and_there 

Event information

September 15th



Downtown Boston