By Heidi V. Buttersworth
If you think of “art” and think of quiet, stodgy museums, well, think again. This Sunday, Occupy Boston and Dewey Square played host to an array of art not commonly found in one place. The art ranged from the beautifully wordless to the colorfully and politically anonymous .
Brookline artist Philippe Lejeune brought a work of wood called “The System Is Broken ” – a painted tree, in sections, that separated to create various shapes. Laid at length, the piece looked right at home among the tiles of Dewey Square.
As with many things Occupy Boston, the Pop Up was a family affair. Lejeune’s son, Laurent Lejeune, a preschool teacher and watercolor artist, supplied some captivating works of his own.
Alongside these pieces were some with a direct political message, such as this display sponsored by Join the Impact MA in support of a House Bill #1862, known as the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Act, specifically targeting the young and homeless LGBT among us. Their display, replete with cans of food, displayed various statistics facing homeless LGBT youth.
If you want to know why the Art Pop-Up was such a unique art experience, one need look no further than ‘Uncle Scam’, who cheerfully said “welcome folks” as he posed with his one-of-a kind creation, The Hep Cat’s Meow, which was not only colorful, but functional, providing a fitting backdrop to a square that has come to mean so much more than its parts or, for that matter, its appearance.