Socrates Sculpture Park

Wondering how Harvard's empty North Allston/North Brighton land can be put to some use without spending tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on construction? Now that it seems that the chance of new development is receding into the distant future, some creativity seems to be in order.
One possibility would be something like the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY (map).

Twenty five years ago it was an abandonded landfill. Today it is home to a variety of public art installations, sort of like an urban version of the DeCordova. They host free Wednesday evening outdoor movie showings and art performances during the summer and a great variety of classes and special activities to promote fitness (yoga, pilates, tai chi) and arts and crafts workshops.

Of course all that doesn't come for free, and Soctrates' expenses in 2006 were $864,000. Certainly here in Allston we could start with much smaller. Regardless of scale, outdoor arts, events, and workshops open to all and of interest to a wide variety of people could be great.

"Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment."


  1. Anonymous8:02 PM

    There is a HUGE park, w/ courts and fields. Not sure what more "green space" is needed or how some art stuck out in centerfield is going to enhance it.

  2. Anonymous9:35 PM

    There have been several free activities held in different locations in and outside in Allston and only a handful, and by that I mean 10 - 20 show up.
    When you have to pay, people go, but when you have it for free no one partakes of it. Maybe because you have to pay for the activity they think it would be fun or good entertainment.
    There is a saying that goes, "only the best things in life are free." It is definitely not for lack of advertising they go unattended, it is just pure lack of enthusiasm.

  3. Anonymous2:41 PM

    umm ! best when free..

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