Before the Emerald Necklace, Forest Hills Cemetery offered the people of Boston a green sanctuary to escape the pressures of city life. Inspired by romantic ideals, Europes great country estates, and his own passionate interest in an emerging American horticulture, Henry A. S. Dearborn designed this as a place to reconnect with nature and to remember our ancestors, families and friends.
magnificent trees of Forest Hills define this spiritual landscape. Many
are more than 150 years old; they have watched Bostons history unfold.
Today, they form a living, breathing cathedral, their branches arching
high overhead, their leaves softening the light. They offer an incredible
variety of color, texture and shape in their leaves, flowers, seeds, branch
structures and bark. A year ago, the Forest Hills Educational Trust invited
artists to respond to these trees in ways that explore the powerful spiritual
qualities of this site. Twenty three artists were selected by our jury
to create site specific pieces, and the result is this rich and varied
As you travel through this exhibition, we invite you to explore two dimensions brought together through these installations: the intangible world of myth, metaphor and memory; and the picturesque landscape of Forest Hills, with its hidden places, graceful monuments, intriguing carvings, and natural beauty.
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