In 1997, the Museum was preparing to move from Pawtucket to its current building, which housed a printing business in the 1930s and, a little later, jewelry manufacturing. Prior to the move, the Museum completely renovated the building’s interior, created two floors of imaginative exhibits, and added the atrium walkway, workshop, parking lot and landscaping, all while keeping the building’s historic character.
At the same time the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was ready to part with a colorful dragon head, originally created for a Chinese painting exhibit by Symmetry Products (located in Lincoln, RI).
And so the dragon came to perch upon the Museum’s rooftop in July 1997.
Although Nori is a Chinese dragon (or lung), Michael named him after a Japanese friend. The word refers to a kind of seaweed (and a seaweed dish) and Nori is a water creature, as all Asian dragons are – appropriate, as he lives in the Ocean State. Also common to Chinese dragons, Nori is a benevolent spirit.
After well over a decade of dwelling above the Museum and weathering New England winters, Nori was sorely in need of a makeover. So, over the last two weeks, Nori got a face (and tail!) lift – repairs and a fresh coat of paint – courtesy of exhibit technician Hillel.
|Nori watches over window replacement and other renovations in 2008.|
|Nori chilling in the snow.|
|Nori partakes in some April Fools fun.|