The Giant of Boston

“The Giant of Boston” at the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square, Boston

“The Giant of Boston” adding color to the financial district

If you have been near South Station in Boston recently, you may have done a double take when you spotted a burst of color wedged between the landscape of skyscrapers. This is the handy work of Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, better known by their collective name, Os Gemeos¬†(the Portuguese word for “twins”). These two brothers have been bringing their unique style of graffiti from their native Sao Paulo, Brazil to cities around the globe for several decades, and they currently have a solo show at the ICA in Boston. I just went and it’s definitely worth seeing.

This massive 70 x 70 foot mural on the side of a “Big Dig” ventilation building has surely been met with mixed reviews. Whatever the case, I’m a Fan (capital “F”) and please see their body of work before jumping to any conclusions. Not only does the piece add personality and color to a rather stark landscape, but it stimulates conversation and brings up all kinds of interesting social commentary (the good, the bad and the ugly).

Their visual style is very distinctive. It feels like Dr. Seuss meets Beavis and Butthead with a twist of surrealism and Brazilian jazz hands. The twins are often very inspired by their dreams and the part I found especially fascinating is that they actually often share the same dreams. Say what? How is that physically possible? Neurologists and psychologists, please jump in here.

I quite like their style and am posting a handful of pics and a video for you to enjoy.

Tagged chimney by Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos public art in Chelsea, NYC (320 West 21st Street)

Os Gemeos public art in Chelsea, NYC (320 West 21st Street)

The first thing that popped into mind at the sight of these murals……..United Nations golf pants! Ralph Lauren, are you listening?

Os Gemeos art at Revere Hotel on Stuart Street, Boston

Os Gemeos Painting

Os Gemeos Installation

Os Gemeos Installation


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