Sweden-born, New York-based artist Hanna Liden explores the idea of food and identity with her installation, Everything, at The Street at Chestnut Hill. Liden, who amazed New Yorkers with her compelling, oversized bagel sculptures brings them to the expansive shopping center this winter. Everything comprises three versions of the sculpture at The Street—a single 5-foot wide, 2-foot tall bagel, a 5.5-foot tall trio of stacked bagels, and a 15-foot-tall tower of five bagels, which acts as a vessel for a larger-than-life tulip. The sculptures will be on view through January 2016. 55 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-232-8900
FROM LEFT: Everything installation. Artist Hanna Liden.
How did Everything come together? HANNA LIDEN: I did a series of still-life photographs with flowers in vases made of everyday items that you could find in a deli. I proposed the idea of doing some kind of public installation based on a photograph of a stack of bagels with a tulip coming out of it to APF [Art Production Fund] and they loved it. The project was more than a year in the making. There was a lot of interaction from all types of people, which was our intention. There were children climbing on it and people photographing their dogs with it.
What does Everything represent? HL: The bagel’s shape recalls the endless cycle of all city life. It’s a humble food that reminds me of when I first moved to New York.
Why this is great for Boston? HL: I view the bagel as an icon of New York, but they are loved in many cities beyond that. It’s playful, and familiar and relatable to anyone. Everything was well-received in New York and I'm happy to bring this work to an entirely new audience in Boston.