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"Brain Terrain"

Whitman, Heidi

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Sculpture

Main Street at Columbia Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Jill Brown-Rhone Park (Lafayette Square)

Date: 2008

Materials: Glass tiles

Dimensions: 36" x 48"

Heidi Whitman was selected through the Cambridge Arts Council’s Artist Roster to create her first public art project, for the Jill Brown-Rhone Park (Lafayette Square Plaza), located on Historic Main Street at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, Cambridge. For this project, Whitman translates one of her paintings into a 36”x 48” glass tile mosaic entitled, Brain Terrain. The design juxtaposes symbols of the U.S.A., Haiti, China, India, & Portugal, countries representing Cambridge’s most recent immigrant populations, with references to the Charles River and surrounding location. Whitman’s concept is to create “icons of language” that generate pride and connection to Cambridge. The construction of the plaza, which began in Spring 2007 and was dedicated on June 25, 2008, includes trees, seating, pedestrian lighting, and space for community events, and is part of a larger infrastructure design project.