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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Exploring Boston: "Fire and Ice" at The Lawn on D

The Lawn on D is a grassy, 3 acre lot is located on D Street in a rapidly changing area of the South Boston Waterfront called the "Innovation District."

It's self-described as "... an experimental event space... Boston's first-of-its-kind ... a community-focused initiative attracting diverse audiences from across the city."

This past weekend, The Lawn on D's scheduled event was "Fire and Ice," featuring a labyrinth made of LED-illuminated blocks of ice, some of which had large-format Arctic photos set within; a sculpted ice bar (wine, beer, hot cocoa and cider); and fire-twirlers and -breathers.

It was cold and snowy, but fun.

The first fire-twirling act:
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The second act never quite managed to set her hair on fire:
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The Ice Labyrinth (not a maze) was made of large blocks of ice, some clear, others made translucent by trapped bubbles.
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Some of the blocks had Arctic photos mounted inside:
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It was very tactile for the younger set:
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Adults gravitated to a different structure: the Ice Bar:
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A half-dozen fire pits were scattered around the area for hand-warmimg:
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Note the construction in the background of the above photo: That part of Boston is booming, with new construction on almost every corner.

Some of the fire pits were put to a more gustatory use.
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The bar area featured this strange, color-changing, slow-moving motorized mobile:
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Each of the pendant jellyfish is separately motorized:
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They move in a slow, synchronized swarm, with the tendrils blowing erratically in the cold wind:
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We walked the labyrinth and stayed for a cup of cocoa. By the end, the fire-performers may have been the only warm ones in the place!
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Nice to see an outdoor public space well-used even in winter.

Info: The Lawn on D adjoins the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (map) , and is run by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. It's intended to offer "original, high-caliber programming and events" and includes "built-in lawn games and activities, rotating public art exhibitions, music performances, free WiFi, a collection of public seating and lounge chairs, and an operational outdoor bar."