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Shores, Robin

Mid-Cambridge, Sculpture

359 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Longfellow School

Date: 1981

Materials: Concrete

Dimensions: Four posts, each 33" x 18"

Originally, these four bollards (thick posts) served an unadorned, practical purpose: to protect students from busy Broadway traffic. Robin Shores transformed the cement cylinders into sculptural surprises, with small openings near each base revealing three-dimensional hands, balls, sneakers, and other "clues" or "traces" left behind by the children of the Longfellow School.  As a Peace Corps volunteer Robin Shores worked in India and Africa, and currently teaches English in Bangladesh. An MFA graduate of the University of Buffalo, he has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as Boston University. His figurative stone sculptures are in many public and private collections.