Fostering joy.
celebrating life.
activating the power of togetherness.

This year, N+T is bringing Augment, a dynamic new public artwork by internationally-acclaimed artist Nick Cave, to Boston. Created to reflect on moments of shared happiness, the power of community, and collective memory this multi-faceted project will create conversations about our shared values and how fostering joy and togetherness can help us confront a social moment fraught with division.

Launching in the spring of 2019, the creation and installation of Augment will feature three distinct phases and culminate in a jubilant spectacle that brings together across neighborhoods.


Augment begins the first of three phases this spring with a series of community workshops produced in partnership with Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) in Upham’s Corner. Designed to explore how we can work together to spread joy across communities, these workshops and the installation of Augment will build on spatial justice work DS4SI has been doing in Upham’s Corner over the last 8 years and comes at a time when the city has labeled the community a new “Arts and Innovation District”. DS4SI is partnering with local artists, organizations, and residents to imagine and prototype what the district could be like if it prioritized local cultures, communities, and artists.

Led by local artists Barrington Edwards, L’Merchie Frazier, Destiny Polk, and Wilton Tejada these workshops will gather Upham’s residents and work with them to create collages using Cave’s inflatable expressions of “shared happiness” and imagery they identify as unique to their neighborhood. The images shared and stories told will be used to inform later stages of the sculptural installation and procession and the resident made collages will be exhibited to the public.


about NICK CAVE:

Nick Cave’s public collections include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark, among others.

Cave has received several prestigious awards including: the Americans for the Arts 2014 Public Art Network Year in Review Award (2014) in recognition of his Grand Central Terminal performance Heard - NY, Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), Artadia Award (2006), the Joyce Award (2006), Creative Capital Grants (2002, 2004 and 2005), and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001). Cave, who received his MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, is Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Augment marks a critical transition point and growth in Cave’s practice in public space. Themes of togetherness, assemblage, and finding joy in sadness are hallmarks of Cave's civic-minded work.

Local artist partners:

L'Merchie Frazier is a fiber artist, holographer and poet, has served as Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket for fifteen years, was an inaugural Boston Artist in Residence and a Destination Upham's artist with DS4SI.  

Barrington Edwards has been an artist and community activist in Boston for over four decades. He holds a BFA in Communication Design and a MSAE in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is currently a member of the Visual Arts faculty at the Boston Arts Academy. He is a Surdna and an Expressing Boston fellow, a publisher of comics and graphic media and works as a freelance artist and consultant. Barrington is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a co-founder of Comics in Color (an affinity group for nerds of color), active with DS4SI, and with the Black Speculative Arts Movement. He currently works to develop his practice as an art maker and social practice developer in concert with his teaching practice. 

Destiny Polk is the founder of Radical Black Girl, a multi-media artist, Destination Upham's artist, and currently a resident artist at Hibernian Hall’s new artist residency program.

Wilton Tejeda is a visual artist, MassArt student, former ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellow at DS4SI, and a mentor at Artists for Humanity (AFH). 


Produced in partnership with

design studio for social intervention

DS4SI’s mission is to change how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed in the U.S. Situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice, and civic / popular engagement, we design and test social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies and ways of life.

with generous support from