Goodbye to the Giant

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Since moving into my apartment in the Leather District in November, the Dewey Square mural sometimes affectionately called “the Giant of Boston” has felt like a friend. I said hello every time I passed by on the way to the subway, and he looked on as I perused the stands at the farmer’s market.

The large and colorfully pajama-ed figure was created by Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, the Brazilian twins known as Os Gemeos. When it was first installed in July 2012, it provoked both positive and negative opinions from Bostonians, but it definitely got people talking. One thing was certain: the mural was a dramatic departure from the historic bronze statues and stone fountains sprinkled throughout the city. While these more traditional pieces are beautiful, the Os Gemeos mural felt like a breath of fresh air, bringing color and a contemporary street art aesthetic into the public space.

Yesterday I watched as the giant was slowly covered by a layer of white paint. A new mural is slated to go up by┬áSeptember 16 and remain in place for about 18 months. By artist Matthew Ritchie, the mural entitled “Remanence: Salt and Light” will be a seascape with floating abstract designs in grayscale (see the plans here). The ICA will host an exhibition of Ritchie’s work in 2014. While we are looking forward to the unveiling of this new work, we also want to say to the Giant – thank you and goodbye!

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Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne

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