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Walt McGough's The Case of the Emerald Necklace: Sherlock Goes Out of Doors with Fujiko Nakaya's Fog x Flo

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy commissioned the internationally renowned fog sculptor Fujiko Nakaya to create a series of five pieces at sites along the Emerald Necklace chain of parks in Boston and Brookline. Curated by Jen Mergel, Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace is on exhibition through October 31, 2018.

Nakaya calls her work “climate responsive,” as her shape shifting, site-specific sculptures are created from pure water vapor and have been designed to compliment amd enhance Frederick Law Olmsted's enduring waterways and landscapes. She considers fog to be a collaborative medium, and has a history of working with musicians, dancers, and other performers to create performances that interact with the fog. Because Fog x FLO coincides with the Huntington’s production of Sherlock’s Last Case — and Sherlock has his own history of adventures in foggy London — the Huntington commissioned playwriting fellow Walt McGough to create an original series of audio plays that interact with each of Nakaya’s fog sculptures.“When I was writing this short play series, I tried to have a bit of fun with the myth of the Great Detective, while also keeping true to the rollicking spirit of the originals,” McGough says. “Setting the story amongst Fujiko Nakaya's evocative sculptures helped me immensely, especially since my first exposure to Sherlock was as a kid, reading about his exploits on the foggy, spooky moors of Baskerville.” Venture out in the fog with Sherlock by visiting huntingtontheatre.org/fog to download the plays and see a map for where to listen to them over at the Emerald Necklace. For more information about Fog x FLO visit emeraldnecklace.org.

The Case of the Emerald Necklace
by Walt McGough
Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
Sherlock played by Stewart Evan Smith
The Woman played by Kiara Pichardo
Sound Recording by Ben Emerson and Paula Halpern
Sound Engineering/Design by Julian Crocamo


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