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Reimann, William

Alewife/North Cambridge, Sculpture

Cedar Square at Dudley Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Reverend Thomas J. Williams Park, flanking the three entrances to the park

Date: 2000

Materials: Granite

Outsized butterflies and moths on six granite posts (two flanking each of the three entrances) greet visitors arriving at the park. Reimann created the images through sandblasting, in which air or steam carries sand at high velocity to etch the stone. Bold wing patterns worked best with this powerful process, so Reimann chose flamboyant species from around the globe, working from photographs in the collection of Harvard University's Museum of Comparitive Zoology.

A sculptor, draftsman, and designer, Reimann began his career at Yale University, where he received his M.F.A. in 1961. He experimented with Plexiglas and steel earlier in his career, but his current medium of choice is sandblasted stone. Animals and the natural world are frequent subjects, as are designs and symbols from the world's ancient cultures. His works are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as in numerous private, corporate, and public settings. A longtime Cambridge resident, Reimann teaches in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University.