Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021 9:00a -
Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 9:00p
Art, Date Idea, Kid Friendly
16 three-dimensional, illuminating red structures - reflect on the meaning of home and provide opportunity for play on Seaport Common.
If ever there were an installation that speaks to the times, it would be Boston Seaport by WS Development’s newest art installation, Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 created by Esrawe + Cadena and presented in collaboration with Creos and Serge Maheu. Creating a moment to reflect on the meaning of home, a theme which has taken on even greater significance in the last ten months, Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 is comprised of sixteen three-dimensional red frames, each emblematic of a small house. The structures encourage a moment of play and togetherness while allowing visitors to look through the walls of adjacent homes, offering a view into their neighbor’s parallel journey. The installation is on display on Seaport Common now through Sunday, March 14, 2021; much of it will coincide with Snowport’s family friendly winter games and activities and Design Seaport’s new art installations, which are in the neighborhood through February 28, 2021. Look for a complimentary virtual Seaport Sessions conversation about Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 with the installation’s creators, Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, on March 3, 2021; registration details will post soon on Seaport’s website, www.bostonseaport.xyz
Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 was originally inspired by the lively mercados of Latin America where human connections are made every day. The installation has appeared in major cities across the world, dwelling within several museums, as well as on streets and public parks. Notably, the installation was repurposed to help create a temporary refuge for families who lost their homes during Mexico’s devastating earthquake in 2017.
In Seaport, Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 comprises of sixteen homes, spaced six feet apart and standing at nearly ten feet tall, to form a three-dimensional canvas that encourages people of all ages to safely socialize and play. Unique to Seaport’s installation is the addition of a welcoming, glowing light. When a casa is empty, an inviting white glow bids passersby to enter. Once inside, the glow dims to show that someone is home. Each structure is also complete with a swing, allowing the space to be as playful and interactive as each visitor desires. Through March 14, 2021, Boston Seaport will donate one dollar to Habitat for Humanity for every image of Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 posted on Instagram that tags @seaportbos in the image and caption; the donations will help local families build or improve on a place they can call home.
Enhancing Seaport’s current public art experience, Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 joins Design Seaport’s two installations on view now through February 28, 2021: WALLESSNESS by Teltta also on Seaport Common and I’m for You (User Friendly) by Supernormal in the One Seaport Courtyard (60 Seaport Boulevard Boston MA). Design Seaport is a biennial competition that provides local design professionals a special opportunity to showcase their work in the neighborhood.
Visitors can enjoy these three unique installations alongside Snowport’s ample opportunity for socially distant, outdoor play by way of iceless curling and classic games such as jumbo Jenga, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and cornhole.
Photo Courtesy of Boston Seaport by WS Development