Art in the Round

Sculptor Jeff Briggs brings New England creatures to life on the Kennedy Greenway carousel

Artist Jeff Briggs designed and sculpted a one-of-kind carousel for Boston’s Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. His challenge was to create decorations and rides inspired by the “land, sea and air” of the New England environment. Boston schoolchildren were also asked to make drawings of the animals they would like to see on the carousel. Their drawings served as the inspiration for many of the fourteen unique characters that Jeff brought to life, including a sea turtle, a grasshopper, a barn owl, a codfish and a whale. The finishing touch for each animal was a bright, kid-pleasing paint job by artist Bill Rogers, a longtime collaborator. Jeff is based in Newburyport, Mass., and earned a joint degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in 1971.

Video produced by Steffan Hacker, Digital Communications.