Middle School Artists Display Sculpture in Cambridge Park
Middle School Students work on their Empathy sculpture

Pedestrians in Cambridge may look twice as they stroll by Central Square’s Sonnet Park this fall. They may think twice as well, if Middle School art teacher Sasha Bergmann has it her way.

Affixed to the wrought iron fence that surrounds the park is a four-foot tall and 24-foot long sculpture, courtesy of Middle School students and Bergmann, who conceived and oversaw the project.

The sculpture, a giant plywood rendering of the word “EMPATHY” was assembled, painted, and lovingly adorned in old shoes by students, with the intent of “reminding viewers to walk through life with empathy.”

“The idea was inspired by the quote, ‘Don’t judge a person before you walk a mile in their shoes,’ says Bergmann. Begun last spring, and completed this fall, the art piece was made possible by a BB&N Urban Connections Grant which supports collaborations between the School and the surrounding urban communities in the greater Boston area.

At the public installation of the art work on a windy October morning, nine Middle Schoolers smiled proudly as Middle School Director Mary Dolbear and Bergmann helped them erect the sculpture. The work will be on display through the week of October 16, providing an aesthetic boon to the community, and perhaps, an opportunity for introspection among passersby.