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Judelson, David

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Mural

45 Pearl Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Central Square Library, Courtyard Entrance

Date: 1979

Materials: Ceramic

Dimensions: 3 1/2' x 3 1/2', 2' x 4'

Three clusters of ceramic tiles are embedded in the brick paving at the check out desk and at both the Pearl Street and courtyard entrances of the library. On an August day in 1979, David Judelson recorded the library transactions by embossing the tiles in front of the check out desk with impressions of books, library cards, date stamps, names of kids and librarians, footprints and a projector reel. The tiles at the courtyard entrance are impressions made from the library sign above the door. At the Pearl Street entrance, the tiles play on a visual pun. They depict four square objects which can be seen from the library, including a set of pay-phone buttons. On the inside square is the impression of a branch, which makes it the Central Square Branch.
David Judelson originally pursued architecture as an undergraduate and graduate student at M.I.T, but became increasingly interested in ceramics. He studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in the 1970s, and has pursued art ever since. His many large-scale public commissions include a sculptural rooftop terrace for Scholastic, Inc., in New York. He also has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He spent many years living in the Boston area before moving to New York City.