1 : FLOCK especially : a flock of geese when not in flight
2: a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization
3: an indefinite number


October 26, 2018
Fog x FLO | Fog x Canopy (Clemente Field Path | The Fens) Boston, MA

In Massachusetts there are 2 populations of geese. One population is transitory, stopping for rest during migration during spring and fall. The other is a resident population; ancestors of captive geese used as live decoys by hunters and released into the environment when live decoys were banned in the 1930’s. Human infiltration through captivity and breeding left these geese and their descendants without patterns of migration, resulting in yearlong nesting throughout the state.
Gaggle is an endurance-based performance artwork by Sandrine Schaefer that asks what happens when a space designated for passing through becomes marked as home. Created in conversation with Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture, Fog x Canopy, Gaggle is inspired by everyday collisions between human and goose activity that occur along the Clemente Field path. Actions that make up the performance artwork are sourced from human and goose gathering behaviors and patterns observed in the site. Gaggle challenges notions of immersion, mimicry, inclusion and co-existence by offering a non-anthropomorphic point of view in a place built for human passing and recreation.

In Fog x FLO, artist Fujiko Nakaya responds to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO). 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 Boston’s history, present, and future. Organized by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy with curator Jen Mergel, This public art presentation is on view every day and several times an hour from 8am to 8pm, from August 11 through October 31.

LOCATION: In the canopy of a curved tree-lined path along the edge of Clemente Field on the Fens, Fog x Canopy is in close proximity to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Shattuck Visitor Center. This site is accessible on a graded concrete path from Park Drive.
Nearest transit: Museum of Fine Arts Station, MBTA Green Line, “E” Branch. From Museum of Fine Arts Station, walk down Museum Road to its intersection with the Fenway. Turn right and cross into the Back Bay Fens at the Fenway crosswalk near the Museum of Fine Arts parking lot. Cross the footbridge over the Muddy River and bear left at the fork. Follow the elevated concrete footpath to Fog x Canopy.

Gaggle is made possible in part through a Microgrant from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.