BOSTON — Remember Dewey Square, the former site of Occupy Boston near South Station?
It’s now host to a very large act of graffiti. It’s legal graffiti created by Os Gemeos, identical twin brothers and street artists from Brazil. The Institute of Contemporary Art is hosting their first solo museum show in the U.S.
“As part of the exhibition we’re bringing the art out into the public, into the city,” ICA curator Pedro Alonzo told me, sitting in the grass watching the artists at work. Alonzo collaborated with the city, the Greenway and MassDOT so Os Gemeos would be able to transform a huge air intake structure into a mural featuring one of their world-famous hooded characters.
“I’ve seen a lot of big smiles,” Alonzo said with a laugh, adding, “I’ve seen people do triple-takes, they walk by and they’re like, ‘What!?’ And they keep looking back!”
The Os Gemeos mural will be up for 18 months. Their ICA exhibition opens Aug. 1.