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"Taylor Square"

Jonas Ramirez, Paul

Porter Square, Sculpture

113 Garden St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Intersection of Huron Avenue, Sherman Street and Garden Street

Date: 2005

Materials: Metal, Stone

Dimensions: 57 square feet

Taylor Square was created by Paul Ramirez Jonas and installed in front of the renovated Engine 8, Ladder 4 fire station in northwest Cambridge, at the intersection of Huron Avenue, Sherman Street, and Garden Street. Taylor Square is the smallest public park in Cambridge, measuring only 57 square feet, and has locked gates. It is a communal space through the distribution of 5,000 artist-designed keys and the invitation to the public to duplicate them endlessly.Further distribution of the keys and, thus, the sustained life of the park is the task of the public. In the artist's words, "Taylor Square belongs to the public. It is closed, yet simultaneously open, re-emphasizing that the ownership of public space resides in the public itself." The keys for Open are a tangible symbol of this relationship between public space and the public.

Further distribution of the keys and, thus, the sustained life of the park is the task of the public. In the artist's words, "Taylor Squarebelongs to the public. It is closed, yet simultaneously open, re-emphasizing that the ownership of public space resides in the public itself." The keys for Open are a tangible symbol of this relationship between public space and the public.


Paul Ramirez Jonas's work has included museum and gallery exhibitions and public art projects throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Studio Program in Sweden, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the International Studio Program in Sweden, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. Ramirez Jonas lives and works in New York. For more information, visit: www.automat.com.

City of Cambridge, Public Art Collection