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Galvez, Daniel

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Mural

32 Pearl Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Green Street Parking Garage, Pearl St. side

Date: 1986

Materials: Enamel on Concrete

Dimensions: 28' x 46'

Muralist Daniel Galvez sought input from the community in the concept and design of this "Central Square family album." The 1,200-square-foot collage of people and architectural landmarks is composed in the shape of the universal symbol for infinity. This way Galvez connects leather-clad teens with an elderly couple; a waiter from an Indian restaurant with Greek Festival dancers. Also in the mix are local celebrities like R & B singer Little Joe Cook and Jimmy the Shoemaker (shown in the upper detail). Alert viewers will catch Galvez's clever means of crediting himself and his volunteer assistants: on the front page of a Cambridge Chronicle painted in the bottom left of the mural. Galvez, who makes his home in Oakland, California, studied painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts and San Francisco State University. His large-scale murals, inspired by traditional Mexican mural painting, grace exterior and interior spaces throughout the U.S. His best-known works include the 63-foot Homage to Malcolm X (1997) in New York City and Guardians of the Past, Stewards of the Future (1999), a pair of murals for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.