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Title
Rose Kennedy Greenway: Chinatown Park: Chinese Chess Plaza
Work Type
Installation (Visual Work)
Date
creation date: 1997-2007
Location
Site: Boston (Massachusetts, USA)
Material
pavers; stainless steel; concrete
Description
View of the middle portion of the inlaid gray/blue concrete and stainless steel map of the Boston Common, Chinatown and the Boston Harbor which can be seen running through the center of the colored concrete of the Chinese Chess Plaza.
Additional Information: Chinatown Park is built over the site of an abandoned off-ramp from the Central Artery Dewey Square tunnel and is approximately 3/4 of an acre. All aspects of the park are united by the use of concrete pavers. Located just outside the traditional Chinatown Gate at Beach Street is an installation by May Sun titled the Chinese Chess Plaza. It was commissioned by the Massachusetts Highway Department. The colored concrete and stainless steel "river" that divides the two sides consists of a section of a map of the site, including the Boston Harbor and Chinatown. The random pavers embedded in colored concrete have 16 ancient Chinese pictograms. These images were sourced from "Chinese Calligraphy: An Introduction to its Aesthetic and Technique" by Chiang Yee. The plaza design is inspired by a Chinese Chess board and is placed within a circle. The square within a circle is a common Chinese design, the square represents the deity of earth and the circle represents the deity of heaven.
ID Number
Order: 11485
Image: 117476
Donor
Donor:Lorin Granger, BAC Staff Member
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