Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced last week the selections of the City’s seventh Public Space Invitational, a civic design competition that seeks ideas that reimagine and enhance Boston’s public spaces – including Titus Sparrow Park in the South End.
Since 2018, New Urban Mechanics has partnered with The Trustees and TD Bank to bring new ideas and events to Boston’s community gardens and green spaces through the Community Grown program. In light of continued physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Public Space Invitational focuses on bringing a slice of the city’s green spaces to homes in Boston.
Six teams of local artists have been selected to customize and paint sets of window boxes, planters, pots, and birdhouses with original artwork.
Selected artists will work remotely with residents and community groups to collaborate and get feedback on the artwork. The Trustees will then plant a mix of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, flowers, or herbs in the containers. Finally, the customized pieces will be distributed to 90 individuals and families at three neighborhood green spaces: Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester, El Jardín de la Amistad in Roxbury, and Titus Sparrow Park in the South End.
Recipients of the customized pieces will be chosen via a lottery process. Residents of Boston who are interested in receiving a customized window box, pot, or birdhouse can request one using the following application form.