+ Installed at Mary Soo Hoo Park, Boston Chinatown, MA
+ Commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and the Pao Arts Center
Fabrication + Installation: Sunset Park Fabrications
Drone photography by Chris Rucinski
Thanks to Sheila Novak, Audrey Lopez & the Greenway team, Cynthia Woo & the Pao Arts Center team, and the Soo Hoo sisters!
YEAR OF THE TIGER is a community pavilion and a site-specific public artwork composed of vibrantly colored seating, podiums and sprawling floor motifs. The installation leaps across Mary Soo Hoo Park, embodying the dynamic and bold spirit of the tiger-- this year’s Chinese zodiac animal. As both stage and seating, YEAR OF THE TIGER creates a new, intergenerational hub to gather outdoors, perform, or engage in public programs.
YEAR OF THE TIGER also honors the legacy of Mary Soo Hoo, for whom this park is named, who was a longtime resident of Boston Chinatown and an ardent community advocate who dedicated decades of her life to forging public and recreational spaces in Boston’s Chinatown.
Here, in this half of park, over the next year the pavilion creates a site for public programs, but also just for casual encounters, for gathering and hanging out. When the project is deinstalled next year, the goal is to make a longer-lasting contribution to public space: the benches will be separated, touched up and donated to local Chinatown community organizations.