Public Sculptures by Risa Puno seen at Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, Boston - Year Of The Dog
Public Sculptures by Risa Puno seen at Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, Boston - Year Of The Dog
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Year Of The Dog

Year of the Dog celebrates the characteristics of the Chinese zodiac Dog and honors the collective memory and experiences of the Chinatown Boston community. The spinnable blocks are engraved with traditional Chinese characters, as well as excerpts of memories and stories that I collected from people who live, work, or play near Chinatown Park. The meaning of a Chinese character changes based on the characters that appear before or after it, creating poetic connections that would otherwise be impossible to describe in the English language.

Visitors are encouraged to turn the blocks, discovering new stories and making their own interpretations. The format of this artwork is designed to be playful and dynamic, like Dogs, and the very act of collecting the content relied on the generous nature and collaborative spirit ascribed to this zodiac animal.

Year of the Dog was commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy as part of their Chinese Zodiac exhibition series. The installation will be located at the northern plaza of Chinatown Park from Feb 2018 – Feb 2019.

Meet the Creator

"I make interactive sculptures and installations that put a playful twist on familiar pastimes and amusements. I like to think about the language of objects and spaces, and how the way we encounter them changes what we think and feel. By expressing my ideas through existing and recognizable formats, I hope to create a point of access that allows participants to tap into their own feelings of nostalgia, desire, competition, comfort, or even frustration.

The key to understanding my work is to physically engage with it - to use it, play it, touch it, and sometimes even smell or taste it. While I make every effort to craft objects that are beautiful and alluring, my main objective is to create evocative and memorable experiences for the people who use them. My artmaking decisions are guided by functionality; I strive to build things that work seamlessly and feel good in your hands. I believe that if participants implicitly trust their interaction with an object, then they are more open to accepting new ideas and forming new experiences."

Available for commission/custom work