The Harboring Project sought to re-introduce sacred practice on the Boston Harbor Islands as an outlet for the creative expression of eco-grief. We designed and implemented a sensory-oriented investigation of the islands’ diverse narratives, fostering individual artistic practices in articulation of engagement with the land. Centering on the concept of eco-grief, we connected inspired intuition with rigorous arts-practice to engage in the work of healing. This project was support by the Boston Foundation, the National Parks of Boston, and Boston Harbor Now.
The project was led by core team members including poet and interaction designer Çaca Yvaire, creative facilitator Jessi Stegall, and social practice artist Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig. As lead artist, Çaca designed and built Social Engagement Sculptures composed of Biomaterials, inviting public engagement through guided reflection.
Throughout our process, we welcomed visitors to join our research on the Islands. We facilitated creative responses to the theme of eco-grief through guiding questions. We held an Open Expedition event on August 18th, 2019 on Spectacle Island, inviting the public to join us for a day of facilitated art-making, reflecting, and remembering.