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Bold colors and bright ideas in Dewey Square

Of all of the pieces of public art that have recently come to Boston, the mural towering over Dewey Square, painted by the Brazilian graffiti artists known as Os Gemeos, has been one of the most striking and controversial — and thus the most important. The picture of a boy in colorful pajamas, though misinterpreted by a few as an image of a terrorist, has breathed visual life into a well-traveled part of town and launched intriguing public conversations.

Yet the fact that the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy plans to take it down at the end of the summer is good news — not because the mural won’t be missed, but because that space, on the face of a seven-story-tall ventilation building at the corner of Summer and Congress Streets, is too important to leave static.

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