Os Gemeos Mural | 10:30PM Aug 15, 2012
"As part of an exhibition of their work at the Instititute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Brazilian artists Os Gemeos- world-renowned for their public art projects- have created a monumental, 70' x 70' mural on the Dewey Square Air Intake Structure on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
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 charcters 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- 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."