Boston, MA

Symphony Park Sculpture


As part of Symphony Park’s redesign, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department collaborated with the Boston Art Commission and the Friends of Symphony Park to select Jacob Kulin to design a sculpture for the park. Celebrating the nearby Berklee College of Music and Symphony Hall, Kulin’s design embraces the shapes of string instruments in his modern Scandinavian style. SGH consulted on the structural design for the 16 ft tall sculpture, First Chair.

SGH analyzed and evaluated the proposed structure for the sculpture, comprising  Cor-ten steel, stainless steel, bronze, and granite. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Recommended modifications to the proposed design to increase stability and durability
  • Designed the precast concrete foundation and the sculpture’s anchorage
  • Detailed stone seat and curb
  • Prepared permit drawings and foundation package drawings
  • Performed parametric modeling of sculpture hardware and developed renderings and animations to demonstrate the design to approvers
  • Provided the fabrication team with direct-to-digital fabrication files for the steel components
  • Developed assembly and shop erection drawings
  • Reviewed foundation and stonework shop drawings to compare with the design intent

Project Summary



Completion Date
New Construction
Culture & Entertainment
Kulin Modern

Key team members

John Thomsen
John Thomsen
New Structural Design Division Head, Boston
Brian Twomey
Brian Twomey
Senior Project Manger