This is Harvard University’s stadium. It is famed for its football games, though this night it was a venue for a game of lacrosse. It has something of a coliseum feel to it with the arches and the way it is laid out. Go Crimson!
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.
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
The Middle East is a restaurant and club in Cambridge Massachusetts. This art decorates the exterior of the club portion.
My friend and I were back in Cambridge last week, visiting Harvard Square. With the sun setting so late, it was a long but very fun shoot. We made these images around 10:00. They were our last images of the evening.