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"Play is Child's Work"

Inglese, Judith

Area IV/The Port, Mural

225 Windsor St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Fletcher Maynard Academy, second floor hallway

Date: 1983

Materials: Ceramic

Dimensions: 7'2" x 10'11"

In Judith Inglese's ceramic mural, rendered in the artist's signature stained glass-like style, children from a range of racial and cultural backgrounds play in small groups or alone. They kick soccer balls, shoot basketballs, collect starfish, cuddle a cat, create chalk drawings on the street, or simply interact with one another. The tree that stretches across the scene hints at the work's simple yet powerful main message: children "branch out" when they play. They learn about their environment, themselves, and others. They grow and develop. In the words of the title, "play is children's work."

City of Cambridge, Public Art Collection