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Dimitri Gerakaris
Centanni Way Park

Title: Garden Sculptures
Date: 1989
Materials: Wrought iron, galvanized
Dimensions: 2 sculptures
6' x 4' x 3' and 4' x 3' x 2'6''
Location: Thorndike Street between Second and Third Streets; by the walkway between the Bullfinch and Probate Courthouses

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As if to evade the doldrums brought on by the dormant plants and bare trees of winter, Dimitri Gerakaris forged two floral sculptures for the park from wrought iron. He then had the iron galvanized to make the flowers fully immune to the forces of nature. "They provide pleasure throughout the four seasons and remind us that plant life will spring forth once again," says Gerakaris.

To create the sculptures the artist researched the heritage and flavor of East Cambridge flower and vegetable gardens. The sculptures are set amid the surrounding plant life and vegetation. One sculpture depicts Sunflowers intertwined with Grapevines sprouting from the base, which the artist sees as a floral fountain -- an explosion of the life force and energy of this community. The other work depicts the Poppy, Daylily and Lily-of-the-Valley.

Gerakaris specializes in site-specific sculptural and architectural metalwork utilizing primarily forged metals. He has completed public works for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, City of Boston, and other agencies. In Cambridge, Gerakaris has another botanical artwork at the Blacksmith House on Brattle Street in Harvard Square.

Commissioned through the Cambridge Arts Council's Public Art Program. Funded in part by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Block Grant.



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