Christian Science Church

Boston is home to the mother church of the Church of Scientology. It is situated in a beautiful plaza in Boston’s Back Bay. Currently, it is undergoing some restoration, but I was able to pull off this image.

To my friends who wondered about last Sunday’s B/W image, it is the same dome as pictured below.

John Harvard, I Presume

Welcome to Harvard! There is much ado about this statue of John Harvard and his famous foot. Supposedly rubbing it brings luck and students line up before exams. And tourists line up…boy, do they line up! I’ve sat in Harvard Yard on a sunny day and watch group after group from all over the world come by to rub his foot. The thing is that this is a college, and college kids, being college kids, tend to have a bit of fun by doing nasty and vile things to said foot. So if you want to rub the foot, I suggest a bit of anti-bacterial gel.

Oh, and the sculptor had no idea what John Harvard looked like when he made this. All drawings and paintings of him were destroyed in a fire. We are not really sure who this looks like.

The Alchemist

A friend and I were making images in and around MIT last month when we spotted a sculpture of a man made all from symbols. It was the Alchemist (see below). As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with this.

Alchemist is related to Jauma Plensa’s other works, Nomade (2010) and El Alma Del Ebro (2010), which are made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters of the alphabet, painted white and arranged in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest. However, in the place of letters of the alphabet, Plensa’s work for MIT is created from numeric symbols, as an “homage to all the researchers and scientists“ that have contributed to scientific and mathematical knowledge.
Adapted from: https://listart.mit.edu/public-art-map/alchemist