But the most unusual of all are the “chalk” outlines on the back brick wall at Hardy School. Naturally, we’ve taken a few family pictures against the backdrop, figuring the outline brothers would get wiped away at some point, victims of a campaign against this possibly disturbing art. Then again, it’s a pretty common school assignment in town for kids to trace each other.
Alissa Gillis, an art specialist at Hardy, says the outlines, made with paint, are a good source of jokes but are a bit of a mystery. A school custodian says the ghostly outlines have been there for at least 25 years in an area that was once a playground but is now used for staff parking.
Lingering questions: Who were the models for these outlines? (the one on the left has a mighty bulging bicep) When exactly did they go up? Why?
Coincidentally, as we were writing this we happened upon a couple more chalk outlines, these in Harvard Square at the Harvard Lampoon building on Bow Street.