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Wander through these incredible fog sculptures in Boston

If you want to truly immerse yourself in art, there’s no better way than stepping into an ephemeral creation made of fog.

The Jamaica Pond fog sculpture. Image by Melissa Ostrow

The Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya has brought her unique “fog sculptures” to Boston, revealing immersive yet fleeting works of art in one of the city’s biggest green spaces. The exhibition, Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace, is held in a chain of Boston parks known as the Emerald Necklace.

The 85-year-old artist has created amazing “climate responsive” works that are constantly moving and changing. Nakaya has been known for her fog installations since the 1970s and has created such pieces at sites like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Tate Modern in London.

Franklin Park with a fog sculpture. Image by Melissa Ostrow

The works are designed to let visitors enter into the fog and experience the art while making the most of nature, changing through the day based on factors like wind and temperature. This unique exhibit has come to Boston to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Despite the rain showers, the Lin family from Boston immersed themselves in fog from a fog sculpture hanging from two pine trees, designed by artist Fujiko Nakaya. The sculptures will be on view from dusk to dawn through October 31. The Arboretum is one of five locations for the fog sculptures that will “fog” on the hour and half hour. Image by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The exhibition is completely free and on view every day, from dawn to dusk, until 31 October. However, due to the unique nature of fog sculptures, you may have to do some planning. Fog x Canopy will appear at Back Bay Fens park for three minutes on the hour and half-hour between 8 am and 8 pm. Visit the islands in Olmsted Park to experience Fog x Island, which will see fog roll out at the same times. Other sculptures will be on view at Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Frank Park. The full details of each can be found here.