In June 2020, the Navy Yard Garden Association launched the free public art exhibit WOW: Wind on Water by nationally recognized metal sculptor Lyman Whitaker, whose work is held in private collections and displayed at public sites across the U.S. and internationally. The sculptures were on view throughout the seasons until October 11, 2021.
Whitaker’s family friendly exhibit showcased the Navy Yard’s windy microclimate with 31 Wind Sculptures™ of elegant designs and varying heights from approximately six to eighteen feet, spinning and delighting visitors who view the sculptures along the Harbor Walk from Shipyard Park to Menino Park.
This special outdoor exhibit was made possible by support from the Boston Planning & Development Agency and a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and by the City of Boston. In addition, sponsors include corporations, friends and neighbors who have generously lent their support for the first-ever Navy Yard installation of Whitaker’s work in this unique corner of the city.
WOW: WIND ON
The Navy Yard Garden Association has launched the free public art exhibit WOW: Wind on Water by nationally recognized metal sculptor Lyman Whitaker, whose work is held in private collections and displayed at public sites across the U.S. and internationally. The sculptures will be on view throughout the seasons until October 11, 2021.
Whitaker’s family friendly exhibit showcases the Navy Yard’s windy microclimate with 31 Wind Sculptures™ of elegant designs and varying heights from approximately six to eighteen feet, spinning and delighting visitors who view the sculptures along the Harbor Walk from Shipyard Park to Menino Park.
This special outdoor exhibit is made possible by support from the Boston Planning & Development Agency and a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and by the City of Boston. In addition, sponsors include corporations, friends and neighbors who have generously lent their support for the first-ever Navy Yard installation of Whitaker’s work in this unique corner of the city.
Come for a “gallery” stroll soon and enjoy a safe, healthy event alongside the city‘s historic harbor!
Photo by James Lee
My sister from New York and I just went to " WOW" today. We had a great time! Thank you for your info. We were so impressed with the navy yard. It was so clean and welcoming to visitors. I have never seen so many benches and chairs. We enjoyed our lunch on one of the lawn chairs in the shade overlooking the water. Thank you for an enjoyable and pleasant day. Thanks to everyone who maintains it. No litter seen anywhere!I
Video by M. Gyra
WOW:Wind On Water
WBZ interview with Robin DiGiammarino, NYGA President
The WBZ radio interview with Robin DiGiammarino about the WOW exhibit was featured on the program "WBZ New England". The WOW segment aired on November 14, 2020. Click on the link below to listen.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
The past week- and really the entire summer - has been a wonderful time to head to the Navy Yard and catch the Wind On Water kinetic sculpture exhibit, a series of eight metal designs that move in the wind and invite folks to stop and enjoy. Created by renowned kinetic sculptor Lynman Whitaker, the creations are mesmerizing and fun. Here, one of the designs in front of DryDock #1 twirls in the wind on Monday. Meanwhile, Tess the dog found a comfortable spot to enjoy these shiny sculptures in Shipyard Park.
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Exhibit Signs Poppin’ Up ‘round Town!
Eye catching posters and signs for the WOW:Wind on Water sculpture exhibit are now on view at various bus shelters, public restroom stations, and on the side of buses throughout Boston.
This exhibit is free and for public enjoyment throughout the coming year. It’s a safe, wonderful activity for the whole family during this time of pandemic regulations for mask wearing and social distancing.
Come give WOW:Wind on Water a whirl!
Read What Neighbors Say About WOW: Wind on Water
RK: "They look great!! Congrats on getting them installed!"
IK: "WOW! That’s great! We have one of the spinners they have displayed in our place in New Hampshire."
MP: "They look great!"
DP: "You and your team have done a wonderful job as usual. Thank you. The WOW Wind on Water sculptures are spectacular."
PM: "The sculptures look great!"
DT:- "Truly love the sculptures!!!"
AL - "Looks great! Thank you and your team for this exhibit."
PG : "The Wind on Water sculptures are absolutely fantastic! I walk through the Navy Yard every day and admire them. They blend in so well with the environment and you get a different experience depending on the weather. I'm so inspired by them and can't wait to see them in all seasons. We are hoping these can be a permanent exhibition. Thank you for making the Navy Yard the best spot in Boston!"
KT : "So happy to see the beautiful addition to the Harborwalk. This will remind me to take a nice walk on my lunch break!!"
LR : "I just want to thank for the beautiful wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker. The first time I saw his work was in Santa Fe, NM and have loved it ever since. I walk the Harbor Walk everyday and really appreciate the flowers and plantings as well."
NR: "This is such a work of art that came to the Navy Yard when we all needed something else to talk about. Everyone loves them. I am looking forward to viewing “Chronicle”. A big thank you to the Navy Yard Garden Association."
BR: "Congratulations and a big thank you to the NYGA and all involved!"
LS: "So exciting and just so beautiful!"
MP: "Awesome! Thanks for all your organization does for the community."
DL: "Thank you so much for the WOW Wind on Water exhibit in the Charlestown Navy Yard. I enjoy looking at the structures as I walk along our water's edge. What a nice addition to our neighborhood, to cheer us up, especially during the COVID restrictions."
BM: "Congratulations on the beautiful kinetic sculptures!"
JTK: "Walked by these down by the Yard yesterday. They're awesome to sit and experience. It's like magic.....I could barely feel the breeze... And, yet, they turned. Fantastic installation.”
TB: "Not only are the sculptures beautiful and fun to watch, they decide if I need a hat when I go for a walk. Thank you for bringing it to us."
Charlestown Chamber of Commerce: "Mesmerizing to watch the wind sculptures against that gorgeous sky!"
Kim Sell Boston: "Just beautiful!"
LH: "Need to add this to the list for our visit whenever it happens. I love these wind sculptures."
KS: "So pretty."
EB: "Lyman Whitaker's Wind on Water Sculpture is just magnificent. Thank you so much for all of your hard work to make this installation possible. Well done to all members of the Navy Yard Garden Association!"