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The Shape of Play

Due to the evolving recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, this public art installation has been postponed until deemed safe by the City of Boston. And while the schedule community workshops have been cancelled, we look forward to playing with you at the final installation.
In the meantime, we will soon be sharing a digital version of the blocks online- stay tuned! You will have the opportunity to download your own shape of play blocks to bring some play and thoughts of freedom into your Passover Seder.

A Downtown Boston Public Art Installation

(artist rendering)


JArts is excited to be partnering with local public art team Now+There to bring The Shape of Play to downtown Boston. The Shape of Play is a freedom-themed sculptural soundscape. In tribute to the universal themes of Passover, artist Sari Carel’s multi-media installation is inspired by the vital relationship between play and freedom, and will reflect the sights, sounds, and sense-based experiences of local playgrounds. Just as playgrounds set the stage for people to play together, The Shape of Play will facilitate the discovery of novel ways to experience and share a cherished sense of the freedom so intrinsic in play. 

Partnering with Sari, artist Tova Speter will be facilitating community workshops throughout March and April, that give our community an opportunity to engage with the themes of play and freedom and with one another, and to “play” by making art and music.


How you can get involved:

  • Join artist Tova Speter in a community art making workshop, taking place across Greater Boston. If you or your organization are interested in participating in a workshop, register here. Workshops will take place March 25th – April 30th.
  • Come to the interactive installation, and PLAY! On display May – June.

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


In partnership with:

playsounds  #shapeofplay  #saricarel  @now_and_there 

Event information

April 1st



Downtown Boston