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Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel, Boston MA

The Greenway Carousel – Boston, MA
The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove on the Rose Kennedy Greenway officially opened to the public on August 31, 2013 – three years after the Greenway Conservancy began a collaborative process with the community to design and build a one-of-a-kind carousel for Boston. The first year Jeff was hired as consultant and advisor for the process of selecting the theme of the carousel. The second and third years, Jeff worked as designer, sculptor and art director for the project. The Greenway Carousel is now a lively addition to The Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The Carousel features 14 different characters native to the land, sea and sky of Massachusetts including a sea turtle, a cod, a peregrine falcon, a grasshopper, a harbor seal, a fox, a skunk, a whale, three types of butterflies, a barn owl, and a gondola sea monster (oarfish). The characters were inspired by the drawings of Boston school children. (see Tufts University video, Art in the Round, link below) There are a total of 36 seats on the Greenway Carousel, considered New England’s most accessible carousel for adults and youth with physical or auditory disabilities. The gardens in The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove that surround the Greenway Carousel create a beautiful, welcoming environment with four season plantings, comfortable seating and filtered shade.

Jeff was the contractor for all of the decorative elements of the carousel. The general contractor and frame maker for the carousel was Todd Goings of Carousels & Carvings of Marion, Ohio. William Rogers of Haverhill, MA was the painter and Sam Vita of Creating Design & Fabrication of Bohemia, New York was the caster. David Shepard of Shepard's Auto Center in Newburyport provided the protective top coat on all of the carousel elements. Lindley Briggs was in charge of communications and acted as a general consultant. John Snyder assisted Jeffrey on the project.

This project was made possible with the generous support from several dozen donors, including lead donor Amalie Kass, as well as individuals and foundations, including a $1.5 M gift from Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the landscaping. Additional support was provided by businesses and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Private donations amount to 95% of the total project costs.

To view the Channel 5, Boston Chronicle interview, click here.

To view the Northshore Magazine article, click here.

For more information and to view articles about this project, click here.

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