ICA Brings World-Famous Graffiti Art To Dewey Square

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.

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  • Christine

    With all of the great art schools we have in Boston we had to go to Brazil for talent? As if outsourcing jobs isn’t bad enough.   So sad that a potential up and coming has been deprived of yet another opportunity to shine .

    • Jemimah

      Look at the up side–maybe this will start a trend in that direction!

    • More Public Art

      Good point, but I agree with Jemimah – look at the bright side(s): 

      This mural (by all means correct me if there is actually a difference between “mural” and “legal graffiti”) is a massive undertaking that takes experience to pull off, and this cross-cultural exchange may not only inspire local artists to dream up new facades for the building when this fades, but make it easier for them by identifying and rectifying logistical issues for the next artists (eg.  materials, hoisting equipment, lighting, fading time etc.) It is a massive vent shaft after all – not your average wall.
      And, not by any means the lesser point, by using international known artists, this new use of the space will have a broader audience, which will hopefully equate to more advocates convincing the City and Commonwealth to keep it going.  I’ve suddenly become one:  The Commonwealth and Greenway Conservancy should allow this otherwise unsightly building to continue to serve as a brilliant canvas for artists all over the world, ‘hub of the Universe’ included.

  • J__o__h__n

    Why take it down after 18 months?  The building is ugly.  I hope graffiti practitioners who aren’t artists don’t ruin it the way they have some of the electric boxes and the Banksy that was in Chinatown. 

  • Dogzzarecool

    I love this stuff….cant get enough…def going to see it and the ica exhibit.

  • Thomas

    I so proud of Pedro, his exhibition in San Diego was a great success. Congratulations

  • Lubi Barkigia

    Congratulations Pedro!  It’s wonderful to see how you continue to have mural exhibitions in big cities that allow everyone to experience this form of art.  

    Your whole family is proud of you, especially me.       

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