August 2019

Our latest large-scale project, giant flower sculptures for Federal Realty, is in full bloom — see them on view at Assembly Row soon!​​​


This summer, Artists For Humanity’s teens and mentors have been hard at work in our Boston studios. As a result of our 30,000-square-foot building expansion—which opened in late 2018—we have scaled our space and updated our technology to make way for new large-scale commissions, like the recently completed public art project for Federal Realty Investment Trust.


Commissioned by Federal Realty Investment Trust, AFH's 3D Design Studio designed and fabricated four large benches playfully disguised as gigantic flowers. In the next few weeks, the functional flower sculptures which will be installed in Somerville’s beloved Assembly Row shopping center.​

Designed with the Instagram-age in mind, these whimsical, larger-than-life flowers will transform areas under construction into an art playground. During the day, the sculptures will attract passersby with their brightly colored hues, and at night they will delight with a built-in lighting system emanating a warm, steady glow.​

Of the project, Creative Project Director Haidan Hodgson says, “We wanted to create something playful, yet contemporary. It was important to us that the finished product felt whimsical enough for a kid to play on, and sleek enough for an adult to take interest in too.”


AFH’s new ShopBot CNC routing machine allowed the organization to fabricate the entire project in-house. Teens collaborated with mentors to set up the router, observed it in action, and assembled the components cut by the router into the final product. AFH teen designer Cameron says, “Projects like these require tons of physics and math—which means we come together as a studio and figure it out together.”


Visit these large-scale blooms in Assembly Row and tag #AFHGrows to be featured on our social media channels!




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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.​

Funded in part by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focusing on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individuals.. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.​

Artists For Humanity is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.​