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"Morse School Design"

Kepes, Gyorgy

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Tile and Glass

40 Granite Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Morse School

Date: 1957

Materials: Ceramic tile

Dimensions: "Geometric Pattern"68" x 65""Birds on Red" 94" x 148""Owl on Blue Background" 94" x 84""Moon with Branches"48" x 142""Owls"48" x 162"

When the Morse School was built, architect Carl Koch commissioned well known Cambridge artists Juliet and Gyorgy Kepes to design bold art panels for the hallways of the school. The Kepeses experimented with color and design, scooping granular pigments from big buckets onto metal sheets, making patterns by pressing leaves into the colors, then shoving the test pieces into enormous ovens heated to 2000 degrees. After long hours of experimentation, the artists created the five bird and tree designs, which are on view in the primary wing of the school.


Born in Hungary, Gyorgy began his career as a painter but turned to photography and filmmaking. He is perhaps best known as the founder of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Juliet was born in England and worked as a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, and is highly acclaimed for her beautifully illustrated children's books

City of Cambridge, Public Art Collection