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"Untitled (Insects)"

Webb, Nancy

Lechmere/East Cambridge, Sculpture

Charles Park

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Charles Park; scattered around the park

Date: 1992

Materials: Bronze

Dimensions: Eleven reliefs: 2" x 2"

Visitors to the park are greeted by bugs and beetles, creeping up the bollards that flank its two entrances. But there is no need to recoil; the insects are a part of a series of bas-reliefs created by artist Nancy Webb, representing the plant and animal life found in the area. At the south entrance, a praying mantis and a cricket, cast in a full three-dimensional sculpture, join their fellow insects in the salutation. Bronze reliefs are also found on the steel fence running along Commercial Avenue and embedded in granite elements throughout the park. Facing the outside are depictions of the weeds that "grow in the urban wasteland," as Webb puts it, while the reliefs on the interior portray the flowers planted around them, along with a whole inventory of bugs and butterflies that thrive in the park, including Clover with Ant and Bee; Dandelions with Fritillary Butterfly and Prionus Beetle; Coreopsis; Coralbells; Daylily; Yarrow and Leafhopper. A bronze plaque, also made by the artist, lists all the bronze plants and creatures found in the park.