Jill Brown-Rhone Park (Lafayette Square Plaza)
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.
Heidi Whitman’s work has been exhibited nationally as well as extensively throughout New England, and is featured in numerous private collections.
Public collections include the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College,
Simmons College, the Boston Public Library, and Boston University School of
Public Health. She is an Associate Instructor of painting at the School of
the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the recipient of the Clarissa Bartlett
Traveling Scholarship for Alumni of the Museum School. She lives in Jamaica
Plain and works in the South End.
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