Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year.
In 1992 Marcos was commissioned by the First Night organization to design and build a Latin American Boat - Pavilion, one of a four boats installation called “Boats Coming Together”, representing the European, Asian, African and Latin America cultures.
Marco’s design was a large-scale rowing boat with 23 rows, representing the 23 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of Marco’s design, people could enter the boat and interact with sound and visual effects creating a sense of traveling in the waterways. A large-scale map of the 23 countries was displayed inside the boat.
From: The Boston Sunday Globe . December 1991
By John Koch
“Why a rowing boat.”? he says. As he pored over maps of Latin America before embarking on the design, Carvajal said, he envisioned peoples linked by small waterways, rivers, channels, the Golf of Mexico, and not by oceans, “ The oars give each culture its own identity: the four colors on the hull, drawn from the flags are their common ground.”
“First Night is great, It’s giving me the opportunity to share my Cuban culture with other people of many cultures,” said Marcos Carvajal, who was a designer of the boat representing the Latin American culture.