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"Alewife Portals"

Dorrien, Carlos

Alewife/North Cambridge, Sculpture

11 Cambridgepark West

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, North of Alewife MBTA Station

Date: 1997

Materials: Stone

Dimensions: each portal: 9' x 4' x 4'

Carlos Dorrien's sculptural gateway consists of two granite monoliths, each with two polished surfaces and two sides naturally rusticated. Sited in an open area in the Alewife reservation, the portals accentuate the new entrance to the bikeway's extension and provide a point of departure for trips along the trail.


Showcasing the qualities that have made Dorrien's work outstanding in the field of stone sculpture, the monoliths display finely carved images of alewives in stark juxtaposition to roughhewn stone, carefully selected by the artist for its texture and shading. Painstakingly chiselled into the stone, the images demonstrate the artist's uncommon mastery of the time-honored method of stone carving.


Dorrien was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He studied at the Montserrat School of Art and the Massachusetts College of Art. He teaches at Wellesley College presently and has completed several public art installations in Massachusetts.