JP Artist Hinçman Discussing His New Public Art Installed Outside Library on Jan. 13

Do you want to know more about the new public art installation outside of Curtis Hall and the JP Branch Library? Jamaica Plain artist Matthew Hinçman will discuss his latest work commissioned for the city in a virtual January 13 presentation. Hinçman's newest public art installation is Wythe & Web, and has stirred up discussion in online groups. If you haven't seen it, or walked up to it yet, it appears like there are several beach chairs sitting in front of brick-based benches. But get closer, and those "beach chairs" or solid and permanently stuck in the ground.


Celebrate New Public Art Piece at Jamaica Plain Library on Nov. 4

A wythe is a continuous vertical section of masonry one unit in thickness, and a web is something formed by or as if by weaving or interweaving. Put those two together and you get Wythe & Web, the new public art installation at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Artist Matthew Hinçman started his work on the project January 2021, and the community is finally going to have the opportunity to celebrate it on Nov. 4 (4:30-6:30 pm) with the art on the front lawn of the library and Curtis Hall. The event will include music, poetry, and more.


Public Art Project ‘Wythe and Web’ Under Construction at JP Library

If you've walked past the Jamaica Plain Branch Library recently you may have noticed construction for a new public art project. Part of the $10 million renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library included funding for a public art project. Jamaica Plain resident Matthew Hincman's project Wythe and Web was selected. The foundational brickwork has been laid, and some of the blue glazed bricks have been added. Additional thin bricks will be installed in certain sections by a mosaicist, according to the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library newsletter.


JP Resident Selected as Artist for Public Art Project at Jamaica Plain Library

You may not know sculptor Matthew Hinçman by name, but you probably know his thought-provoking work from around the neighborhood. Come next year there will be another significant Hinçman art piece in JP, as he was recently selected to create a public art project at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. Hinçman, a JP resident, is a sculptor and educator, best known for the Jamaica Pond Bench (2006) and STILL (2014), both located in Jamaica Plain, and his pieces are generally found in public places. The Jamaica Pond Bench is a bench with two backs, thus forming a U-shape. STILL references the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and is affixed to an abandoned lamp-post base in the shadow of the Civil War Soldier’s Monument at South and Centre streets.

"Still," by Jamaica Plain's Matthew W. Hinçman, was recently installed on an abandoned lamp post by the Monument.

JP Artist Emblazons Lamp Post With Trayvon Martin Sculpture

Whether you know it or not, you've seen Matthew Hinçman's artistic work all over the neighborhood. The JP-based sculptor and visual artist's latest piece, "STILL," references the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Next time you're passing the Monument, look for the top of an abandoned lamp post to see it. Here's how Hinçman describes it. This site-specific sculpture depicts a cast-away hoodie sweatshirt lying on the ground, referencing the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in 2012.