Four finalists are chosen for Town Field art project

Four finalists have been selected in the quest to erect a major public art project dedicated to freedom in Fields Corner’s Town Field.

All four submissions chosen by the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) and the Boston Art Commission honor the sacrifices made in the name of freedom and simultaneously serve as inspiration from the neighborhood’s aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime, VietAID said.

The four decorated artists chosen from around the world are Cliff Garten, a Harvard University Graduate School of Design graduate; Juanjo Novella, who works exclusively in public art; Joe O’Connell, whose work is rooted in science, history, and perception; and Vietnamese-born and educated Anh Ngoc Tran. The finalists were selected from a highly competitive pool of 144 artists from 27 states and nine countries who submitted their proposals for consideration. None of the finalists are from Boston.

The finalists now receive $2,000 grants from the city to produce concept designs that the community can then vet at a community meeting, online, and at the Fields Corner Branch Library later this fall.