"If Expressionism at the moment behaves in an ungainly, violent manner, its excuse lies in the prevailing conditions it finds...we ourselves have to become barbarians to save the future of humanity from mankind as it now is. As primitive man, driven by fear of nature, sought refuge within himself, so we too have to adopt flight from a 'civilization' which is out to devour our souls...[Expressionism is] a tocsin of alarm given out by all panic-stricken souls."
- Hermann Bahr
Expressionism is the drama of the mind, distorting the surrounding environment in order to showcase an individual’s inner emotions. The Germans used Expressionism in reaction to fascism, the war, and oppression. In Boston, too, strange shapes lurk in the Fenway gardens, suggesting that all is not well in the city. Perhaps they are reacting to the prospect of Boston losing one of its most beloved landmarks, Fenway Park, and having it replaced by a polished corporate image that lacks the sentimental attachment of the Green Monster. This, as well as the extended construction of the Big Dig, fuels the citizens’ frustrations towards a city determined to destroy its traditions in the effort to rebuild itself.