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"I'd Hammer Out Love"

Inglese, Judith

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Mural

44 Upton St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Former Building of Graham & Parks School, Exterior Front Entrance

Date: 1984

Materials: Ceramic

Dimensions: 4'6" x 22' x 1/2"

As its title reveals, Judith Inglese's ceramic tile mural takes the Civil Rights-era folk song "If I Had a Hammer" as its inspiration. Just as the song celebrates "the love between my sisters and my brothers, all over this land" the artwork presents scenes of cross-cultural understanding. Children and adults from different backgrounds fly kites, make music, shoot basketball, admire butterflies and birds, climb and play on the structure, and share stories. Inglese's signature style borrows from the tradition of stained glass: irregular clay shapes form images, which, in turn, are outlined by grout, much like the way lead surrounds stained glass.


A Massachusetts resident, Inglese studied at Sarah Lawrence College, at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has received several grants for community based art workshops in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Her other public works include a 40 foot ceramic mural at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and pieces for numerous schools, recreational facilities, hospitals, transportation centers, libraries, and elderly housing.

City of Cambridge, Public Art Collection