The Greenway Is Looking for Monkey-Themed Art

It will replace the sheep that perched at the entrance of Chinatown Park.

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‘Wandering Sheep’ in Chinatown Park / Photo by Liz West via Flickr/Creative Commons

Sheep invaded downtown Boston this year. Until recently, a flock perched on top of the Essex Street Gate, at the entrance to Chinatown Park, while another duo still floats in the Fort Point Channel.

But while “Who Wears Wool,” an installation by Hilary Zelson, pays tribute to the once-booming wool trade in the Fort Point neighborhood, the Chinatown gate installation by Kyu Seok Oh was erected in honor of the Year of the Sheep, in accordance with the Chinese zodiac.

Now, as we prepare to enter 2016, the Year of the Monkey, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is on the lookout for monkey-themed art.

“In Zodiac methodology, the Monkey is tied to character traits of independence, enthusiasm, and an unscrupulous childlike personality. Additionally, the year of the Monkey is connected to the element of metal, which carries attributes of determination and intensity,” says the Greenway’s request for proposals.

The request is open to artists throughout the U.S., and works can take any form—as long as the chosen medium can withstand New England weather.

The budget for the installation is $18,000, which includes costs of installation and de-installation, permits, site restoration, and transportation. The selected artist will also receive an additional $4,000 stipend.

The Greenway is accepting submissions through December 14.