Carolyn Lewenberg's The Head is currently sprouting in front of the Boston Latin School parking lot - literally. Those bag things on its head contain grass seed, which this morning showed signs of sprouting - and of needing a good soak.
Lewenberg describes the head's origins as an art project at Jeremiah Burke High School last year:
We agreed that it should be BIG, make people notice and say "woah" and have the potential to get the attention of the media. We also agreed that it should describe them and the issues they deal with, and be controversial without being offensive. The topics they raised as being most concerning were violence in the community, messages being pushed at them from the media and the entertainment business, and consumerism. We thought the best idea was to make a blindfolded face, half boy / half girl, about 7'-8' tall. They envisioned this sculpture being placed outside in front of the school. Ambitious! But we decided to give it a shot. The guiding questions that emerged were: "What are we blinded by? What are we blind to?"
Lewenberg continues that when the school year ended, she moved the incomplete head to her Roxbury studio. When she learned that BLS has a "green roof" project, in which trays of plants are planted on various roofs at the school, she approached administrators about planting the head there instead:
Instead of being blindfolded, the head will have eyes wide open and grass growing out of the head, "sprouting green ideas". The head becomes a symbol for innovation and sustainability. Boston Latin School students planted the grasses that will go on top of the head.
The Giant Baby Heads at the nearby MFA were reportedly not amused at this competition for Boston's Largest Head - but then again, they never are.