“Giant Inspirations” is an interactive video-projection technique that transforms people into monumental works of art. From October 2006 through May 2007, children between the ages of seven and twelve came to the MFA from eight community centers in Boston. They examined a broad range of art from our galleries and, working with artist Susannah Lawrence, linked traditional art materials with new-media techniques to create video self-portraits. The children’s families also became involved, working on art activities at Parent Nights held at each community center. Through these activities, the students made a body of artwork they could keep.

In the part of the installation called Embodiment, the students brought figures from the collection to life through performance. The video Giant Inspirations gave the children an opportunity to document their artistic processes and to talk about their experiences.

After the installation at the Museum, each community center’s Giants will be installed in the windows of their neighborhood so that the children and the MFA may be seen and appreciated throughout Boston.


The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.