Here Comes the Sun

Artfest Here Comes the Sun Public Art Installation

A Multimedia Public Art Installation on the Lawn of The Umbrella at 40 Stow Street 

The installation, designed by Ellen McHale and Gail Burr and inspired by public art installations they have experienced including Michael Pendry’s “Les Columbes”, is being created in collaboration with community members who are invited to contribute “dedication doves” crafted out of durable and recyclable materials.

Participants are encouraged to inscribe their origami doves with messages of hope, wishes for the future, and dedications to the heroes around us. The installation will be interactive and lit by Wyatt Burns, creating engaging experiences for both daytime and nighttime viewing. The installation will be available for viewing April 24-May 31.

Animated GIF of Origami Doves Being Installed for Artfest“Here Comes the Sun” will be available for viewing beginning on April 24 and will grow over the course of The Umbrella Artfest, with new batches of doves added every week, culminating with the final community additions the weekend of May 15-16.

Check back to watch the progress of the installation and hear more from the artists behind it. Meanwhile, enjoy these scenes from the planning commitee's preparations and some of the volunteers who signed up early to participate!


Want to try making your own origami Artfest Dedication Dove to hang in your home? Download the instruction sheet here! For more help, see the video by Nashoba Brooks School student Anna Rusconi in the Kidstrack section of The Umbrella Artfest App.