You can read a short artist statement below, and listen to a longer talk by Chris about his experience designing Colony.
Artist Statement: Christopher Frost
When my daughter and I began conceiving the public art piece that became Colony, we thought to involve local fauna. We began with the idea of funky architectural houses for birds in numerous trees along the Bikeway. Then: “What about two houses in one tree? Why not 3 or 4?” And then...well, obviously, it got out of hand!
The sculpture became a village, a cluster of domiciles, walkways, and
ladders in the sky. Some of the buildings reflect familiar architectural styles: gothic, medieval, mission, classic New England. But most are
We scouted various trees and locations, but we loved this tree with its three trunks and absolutely beautiful view! We hope some birds will move in. They’ll be able to visit with neighbors and hang on the porches, watching the humans walking, jogging and biking by.
Neighbors of Colony have been contributing to the sculpture, placing little figures on porches and walkways. We enjoy these additions and love the interaction between the artwork and visitors. To keep the piece fresh and ever changing we may remove items as they age and allow for new figures to arrive.
Hope you enjoy!