Two life-size bronze sculptures of Indian rhinoceroses flank the entrance to Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Sculpted by Katherine Lane Weems and unveiled on May 12th, 1937, the 3-ton rhinos, affectionately named Bessie and Victoria, overlook the internal courtyard of the Bio Labs buildings. Weems was also responsible for the ornate carvings on the entrance doors and the animal designs in the brickwork frieze running along the upper facade of the building.
The Rhino Cup volleyball tournament for Harvard faculty and students is held annually in August on a sand volleyball court in the courtyard.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio grew up in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Born Warren Wilhelm Jr in New York City in 1961, he changed his name later in life, adopting his mother’s maiden name, de Blasio.
The family lived in Rowayton, Connecticut for the first few years of his life, before moving to a Victorian house at 17 Brewster Street in Cambridge. After his parents divorced in 1969, De Blasio moved with his mother, eventually settling in an apartment on Bowdoin Street.
De Blasio attended the Pilot School within Cambridge Ringe and Latin School.