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"Chairs and Endless Lamps"

Tagiuri, John

Area IV/The Port, Sculpture

243 Harvard St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Area IV Youth Center, located behind 243 Harvard Street between the Youth Center and Sennott Park Basketball Court

Date: 2002

Materials: Concrete

With a characteristic whimsy, artist John Tagiuri is creating cast concrete lazy chairs, a grand stairway, and two endless-column living room lamps by the youth center's back patio. The artist's proposal developed out of several meetings with the young members of the Center, who originally drew his attention to the problematic connection between the building and the adjacent park. The stairway will function as an artistic "grand stand" for the Sennott Park basketball court. As part of the project, Tagiuri held workshops at the youth center where the members documented the everyday culture and spirit of the center and their own communities in hundreds of Polaroid photos.