Dewey Square Mural - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 42° 21.196 W 071° 03.326
19T E 330715 N 4691046
Quick Description: This mural of a boy in clothes with clashing colors and other small faces elsewhere was painted on a tunnel vent and though it was just painted (Aug. 2012), it has already received quite a bit of 'discussion.'
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/13/2012 6:54:03 PM
Waymark Code: WMF2ZW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 11

Long Description:
In Boston's Financial District-Waterfront District, at Dewey Square and within the Rose Kennedy Greenway, is a mural on the wall of a vent structure for the Tip O'Neil Tunnel below.

The mural faces Dewey Square, which is generally the intersection of Summer Street, Atlantic Avenue, and Purchase Street, and is where South Station is located. The surface of the mural is stone. The area is approximately 70 x 70 ft and though there is a 'bump' along the top where the head is.

The composition is generally of a person (one article says it's a boy) reclining with his knees in front. The shirt (one article says pajamas) is green and yellow, while his pants are blue and red. His head is mostly wrapped by a red cloth, perhaps another shirt (there is a sleeve visible). His face, hands and feet are bare. Scattered around, are small faces peaking out.

The work was painted by Brazilian artists Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo ("The Twins"), who have an exhibit in the Institute of Contemporary Art, which sponsored this painting, along with the group that maintains the greenway. Just as the paint was drying, a local TV station had fielded opinions on the mural and opinions varied, some thinking that the boy was a 'terrorist' and that the mural should be removed. As such, the mural is scheduled to last until November 2013 (to be replaced with something else??). Me, personally, I'm somewhere in the middle. The wrapping may suggest something like an anarchist or terrorist who doesn't want to be identified; however, the facial expression does not indicate this.

What does it represent? Well, come and see it for yourself!


Other Source:

Reuters (Colorful Brazilian Mural Stirs Controversy in Boston):
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City: Boston

Location Name: Ventilation Building by Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

Artist: Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo

Date: 08/10/2012

Media: Paint (acrylic?) on stone

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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