Fog x FLO

Never Mind the Frizz

Guests enjoy Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy event

Emeralds might be the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary, but for its 20th anniversary, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy decided to forego its namesake gem, opting instead for fog.

Acclaimed Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya unveiled one of her fog sculptures, entitled Fog x FLO, in the Back Bay Fens, at a reception attended by some of the city’s top arts supporters and conservationists.

Fujiko Nakaya at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy event

Among them: guest curator Jen Mergel, consul general of Japan Rokuichiro Michii, Brookline eminences Mike and Kitty Dukakis, former Gardner Museum head honcha Anne Hawley, arts patrons Fotene Demoulas and Tom Cote and Tom and Lisa Blumenthal, blond beauty Beth Johnson, incorrigible scamp Fredrick Philip Barash, the debonair Priyank Salecha, brunette bombshell Julie Gordon, fashionista Tonya Mezrich, yummy mummy Joanna Humphrey Flynn and one woman who said, “My husband is annoyingly fit. It pisses me off.”

Guests sipped white wine and nibbled on deviled quail eggs and the like, until baritone James Dargan performed while the sculpture released its inaugural wall of fog across the Fens and everyone scrambled to Instagram the whole thing.

Summing up the evening, one guest said: “This was definitely worth ruining my hair for.” ◆

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