This box sits on the lawn of the Belmont Town Hall, overlooking a major intersection in the center of town and across from the historic 1853 Homer House.

I designed this specifically for the location, to celebrate Belmont’s history of commercial flower growing, the classic and well-traveled décor of Belmont’s traditional residential and stately homes, and to echo some of the stained glass elements in the William Flagg Homer House across the way.

The metallic gold background references Chinese and Japanese folding screens, and the floating bright pink and red flowers do also but with a modern twist. They also are a bit of an homage to two of my favorite artists, Beatriz Milhazes of Brazil and Takashi Murakami of Japan. The colors and flower-and-dot forms also echo the ones that appear in the stained glass windows of the William Flagg Homer House which looks down upon it, where the painter Winslow Homer once lived, now maintained by the Belmont Woman’s Club.

I hope its pop of color and dash of whimsy will give a little emotional lift to all who see it! In these tense times, I believe adding a little color, beauty and levity to someone’s day can help them approach the world and their fellow humans with more resilience.

Created as part of the 2020 “Transforming Belmont” initiative sponsored by the Belmont Art Association.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Belmont Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.