Tumbling through Boston again today, I stumbled on another, and the largest, of Os Gemeos’ (Brazilian twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo) street art murals. I love this art because I keep forgetting the twins ever came to Boston to splash some paint around, and then when I run into another one I’m always sort of actually… thrilled. It’s like introducing a little moment or opportunity quintessentially missing from urban living, in Boston and elsewhere, because everything is always happening in front of us all the time: pause, look, wonder.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway website offers more info: “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.”