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Greenway mural deserves to stay in place

If one of the goals of public art is to provoke discussion, then the new mural towering over Dewey Square is a success. The seven-story image, painted recently by the Brazilian artists Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, depicts a barefoot child in pajamas with a shirt wrapped around his head, gazing back out at viewers with an enigmatic stare.

It’s a bold addition to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, but to some the boy’s headgear is too suggestive of a Mideast terrorist. The mural, erected in conjunction with a display of the brothers’ work at the Institute of Contemporary Art, is slated to come down in November of next year, but critics want it removed now.

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