28FEB13. Boston, MA
From Wikipedia ~ The Ray and Maria Stata Center /steɪtə/ or Building 32 is a 720,000-square-foot (67,000 m2) academic complex designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The building opened for initial occupancy on March 16, 2004. It sits on the site of MIT’s former Building 20, which housed the historic Radiation Laboratory, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Major funding for the project was provided by Ray Stata (MIT class of 1957) and Maria Stata. Other major funders include Bill Gates, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. (MIT class of 1954), Charles Thomas “E.B” Pritchard Hintze (a graduate and of JD Edwards, now Oracle) and Morris Chang of TSMC. Above the fourth floor, the building splits into two distinct structures: the Gates tower and the Dreyfoos tower. Contained within the building are the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. Academic celebrities such as Noam Chomsky and Ron Rivest have offices there. World Wide Web Consortium founder Tim Berners-Lee and free software movement founder Richard Stallman also have offices within. Several MIT classes, including many taught by the computer science and electrical engineering department (Course VI), are held inside. The Forbes Family Café is also located in the Stata Center, serving coffee and lunch to the public. In contrast to the trend at MIT of referring to buildings by their numbers rather than their official names, the complex is usually referred to as “Stata”, or “the Stata Center”. The two towers are often called “G Tower” and “D tower”.
23FEB13. Boston, MA
23FEB13. Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA.
I saw another awesome mural (paste-up) yesterday and the information below is taken from this link: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2011/12/14/Shepard-Fairey-Recycles-Harvard-Square-Mural-of-Muslim-Woman-on-Time-Person-of-the-Year-Cover–Updated ~
Though the word “peace” appears at bottom, and there is a tulip in the barrel of the gun, the tulip is also a symbol adopted by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979, and adorns the regime’s flag.As in much of Fairey’s work, the themes of “hope” and liberation are connected in the Harvard Square mural with fantasies of totalitarian violence and domination.
23FEB13. Cambridge, Boston, MA.
Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, known as OS GEMEOS, were commissioned by The Rose Kennedy Greenway and the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) to create a mural in Dewey Park. It went up in August 2012 and the idea is to keep it up until October 2013…it is MAGNIFICENT. It is 70′ x 70′. http://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/visit/things-to-see/public-art/os-gemeos-mural/ taken from the link provided, here is some more info about the mural and the brothers ~
About the mural:
Both the surrounding skyscrapers and the architecture of the Intake Structure itself influenced the subject matter of the mural: a giant, yellow-colored character in brightly mismatched clothes who appears to have squeezed himself in between the towering buildings that surround him. These yellow-colored characters are an iconic and recurrent feature in Os Gemeos’s work, and are depicted in a wide variety of situations.
Sometimes they inhabit fantastical, dream-like landscapes of joy and color; other times we see them in more everyday situations–riding the subway, sitting at home with their families or, in the case of the figure on the Greenway mural, just peering at the busy city life unfolding below. The figures are frequently shown wearing whimsical hats, colorful hoods or scarves–another hallmark feature of the artists’ work. Os Gemeos hope their mural will bring color and energy to the streets of Boston as well as inspire curiosity and imagination. Together, the Greenway mural and ICA exhibition offer a unique opportunity to fully experience the range and diversity of Os Gemeos’s artistic practice–from painting and sculptural works in the museum galleries to dynamic, large-scale murals on the city streets.
About Os Gemeos:
Best known as Os Gemeos, the twins are a major force in urban art. The twins have a deep bond; they are tireless collaborators and even experience the same dreams. The twins depict their visions in surreal paintings, sculpture, and installations.
Os Gemeos draw not only from dreams but from their surroundings, incorporating these elements to forge a unique visual style. Their narrative work visually synthesizes their everyday lives: the color and chaos of Brazil, particularly that found in their neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Cambuci. Carnivals, music and folk art fascinate the twins and inspire fantastical portraits of musicians, or paintings of a procession and festivals, all of which are based on their own photographs.
To Os Gemeos labels, even reality, are not important. They do not consider themselves street artists, they “just want to paint.” Their art in public space is a means to share their work with a broad audience.
23FEB13. Boston, MA.