Monday, December 9, 2013

Dorothea Dix Fountain, a Boston Monument

Dorothea Lyne Dix Fountain 
Sculptor   Warren Freederfield      1984 redo replica of 1888 Granite sculpture

Dorothea Lynde Dix (April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887) was an American activist on behalf of the indigent insane who, through a vigorous program of lobbying state legislatures and the United States Congress, created the first generation of American mental asylums. During the Civil War, she served as Superintendent of Army Nurses, her even handed care of both Union and Confederate Soldiers alike.

 But her health broke down, and from 1824 to 1830 she was chiefly occupied with the writing of books of devotion and stories for children. Her Conversations on Common Things (1824) had reached its sixtieth edition by 1869. In 1831 she established in Boston a model school for girls, and conducted this successfully until 1836, when her health again failed. In hopes of a cure, in 1836 she traveled to England, where she had the good fortune to meet the Rathbone family.

 The Rathbones were Quakers and prominent social reformers. Dix met men and women who believed that government should play a direct, active role in social welfare. She was also exposed to the British lunacy reform movement, whose methods involved detailed investigations of madhouses and asylums, the results of which were published in reports to theHouse of Commons.

Dix circa 1850-55
 She was instrumental in the founding of the first public mental hospital in Pennsylvania the Harrisburg State Hospital in 1853.
 The outcome of her lobbying was a bill to expand the state's mental hospital in Worcester, Ma.

The culmination of her work was the Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane, legislation to set aside 12,225,000 acres of Federal land (10,000,000 acres  for the benefit of the insane and the remainder for the "blind, deaf, and dumb"), with proceeds from its sale distributed to the states to build and maintain asylums. Dix's land bill passed both houses of Congress, but in 1854 President Franklin Pierce vetoed it.

Dorothea Dix gave this what appears to be a water fountain for citizens, instead a horse watering stop in the middle of the city of Boston, to the George Thorndikes Angel’s animal humane society for dumb animals.

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" intends to add this granite historical Boston Monument into our next edition.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Thank you from "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"

With much gratitude I would like to thank everyone who has supported me with my book, "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us". This past autumn semester has been extremely hectic with my book promotion and public speaking engagements. The Boston Public Libraries and surrounding suburban libraries have been supportive of the historical and artistic significance of our Boston Monuments. The Women's Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Public Schools, The State House Staff, The Beacon Hill Seminars, The Brookline Adult Education Program and the University of Massachusetts Campus at Columbia Point Boston have all been supportive. I am grateful, honored and humbled that so many have expressed to me not only how beautiful my book is but also how useful it has been for them when further understanding the significance of our Boston Monuments.

Each one of the people associated with these institutional groups has felt the artist's ideas, feelings as well as emotions embedded within each of our Boston's sculptures.

More monuments have and are still being created by our American sculptors for our newly recognized  leaders and most recent historical events.

Our monuments speak to us in many ways. The diversity and expanse of age of the people in my audiences impressed me at the conclusion of each talk.

I wish all of you a happy holiday season.

All the best,
Joe Gallo

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Remembering John F. Kennedy Assination: 50 years

John F. Kennedy
Outside Beacon Hill State House south lawn Isabel Mcllvain (1943- ), Sculptor Bronze / Stone
This bronze statue of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Dedicated on May 29, 1990, was designed and sculpted by Isabel McIlvain and paid for by the contributions of pri- vate citizens.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. In 1960 he became the youngest man ever elected president of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts from 1947 to 1960, first as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then, in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate, was elected President of the United States in 1960, at age 43, against Republican candidate Richard Nixon in one of the closest elections in American history at that time. He was assassinated on November 22, 1963. 

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dimitri Hadzi sculpture " Omphalos "saved by independent Realestate redeveloper.

Michael Rauseo, a Rockport, MA redeveloper, saves Dimitri Hadzi's sculpture entitled "Omphalos"from Harvard Square Cambridge to Pigeon Cove, Rockport. Cambridge and Boston once a center for manufacturing building tools was immortalized by Hadzi with this 20 ft white & red granite monument. Now, this same sculpture will be recycled to immortalize the once productive Cape Ann Tool Company of Rockport, MA.

Dimitri Hadzi, also created the "Thermopylae" monument in Boston's Government Center, immortalizing two great historical events. One, the Greek Battle of Thermopylae the heroic battle of the few against the many. Two, John F. Kennedy's book, "Profiles in Courage"a study in leadership bravery.

Our sincere thanks to a brave redeveloper , Mr Rauseo.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

John F. Paramino & The North Bennet Street School, North End.

Numerous Boston Bronze and Stone Sculptures have been produced by John Francis Paramino in Boston. Just to name a few: on Boston Common John Barry, Marquis de La Fayette, The Founders Monument, The Declaration of Independence and on the Fenway; The World War II monument. Paramino like so many hundreds of graduates from The North Bennet Street School in the North End have been members of a very special talented alumni in our City of Boston.

The North Bennet Street School is America's first Trade School, founded in 1881, specializing in Piano building & tuning, violin construction , watch and jewelry repair and design, and carpentry trades.

Paramino graduated from this school and did further study of design in sculpture working with bronze and stone mediums under the direction of Bela Lyon Pratt creator of "Art and Science "monuments guarding the original entrance of our Boston Public Library. John also took instruction from another world class sculptor, August Saint Gaudens sculptor of "Robert Gould Shaw"monument on Boston Common.

Well wishes to the staff at the New North Bennet Street School location on North Street, North End.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Boston Monuments: Veterans Day 2013

World War II Memorial
John Paramino (1889-1956), Sculptor / Tito Cascieri, Landscape Architect Bronze / Stone

Boston, always the leader, built this WWII Monument before our now iconic National WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. This granite ellipse with a winged victory commemorates Boston’s World War II dead.

Boston native John Paramino attended North Bennett Street Industrial School; later he was a pupil of Bela Pratt and assisted both Pratt and Saint-Gaudens. Beginning as a designer of commemorative medals and plaques, Paramino cornered the market on plaque production in Boston under Mayor Curley. In 1931 he was accused by a city councilor of running a monopoly and of charging twice the going rate, but his supporters defended him successfully. Many of the city’s bronze historical markers are signed with his name. Declaration of Independence Monument, The Lafayette Mall Monument, The Commodore John Barry Monument, The Founders Memorial, The Second Church Plaque just to mention a few of his works.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boston's Love of our Boston Redsox and our Boston Monuments!

Nancy Schon's "Make Way for Ducklings " celebrates our Boston Redsox!  As well as our city. Go Sox!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bestsellers Cafe Bookstore Talk: David Phillips, sculptor and Joe Gallo author

Dancing with The Spheres by David Phillips and Boston Common Frogs an earlier work by Phillips, will be discussed at the Bestsellers Cafe Bookstore, 24 High Street, Medford Square, Mass at 3:00 pm October 12, 2013.
David Phillips, sculptor of the above bronze sculptors will be talking at Bestsellers Cafe Bookstore this Saturday October 12, 2013 at 3:00pm in Medford Square . He will be talking about his new book on his works of sculpture. Joe Gallo, author of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us", will be introducing David and his works and discussing these works within the scope of Joe Gallo's Art/History book. All are welcome, both books will be for sale!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Boston Monuments:Christopher Columbus & Talk Fall Schedule 2013

Christopher Columbus
Waterfront / Christopher Columbus Park Andrew J. Mazzola, Sculptor Carrara Marble
This monument is located in one of the most beautiful and historic parks within Boston.
The historic docks constructed and used for the Mercantile trade between Boston, Europe and the Caribbean during the 1600’s,1700’s and 1800’s border this park.

The Boston Parks Department Summer Concert Series and the Holiday lighting of the blue lit Arbor Ceremony all happen here, right before Christopher Columbus.

The Christopher Columbus Park was constructed in 1974, thanks to the efforts of a non-profit group formed by residents and businesses in the North End and Waterfront areas. This tribute to the park’s namesake explorer was added a few years later. In their proximity to the North End, the statue and park emphasize Columbus’s Italian heritage. The statue created by Andrew J. Mazzola of Norwood Monumental Works is carved from Italian Carrara marble, favored by sculptors for its quality and its translucence. The marble’s porous surface has also been susceptible to vandals, some of whom view Columbus as an oppressor, not a hero. Courtesy of Boston Art Commission.

The voyages of Columbus molded the future of European colonization and encouraged European exploration of foreign lands for centuries to come.
Columbus’ initial 1492 voyage came at a critical time of emerging modern western imperialism and economic competition between developing kingdoms seeking wealth from the establishment of trade routes and colonies. In this sociopolitical climate, Columbus’s far fetched scheme won the attention of Isabelle of Castle. Severely underestimating the circumference of the Earth, he estimated that a westward route from Iberia to the Indies would be shorter than the overland trade route through Arabia. If true, this would allow Spain entry into the lucrative spice trade heretofore commanded by the Arabs and Italians. Following his plotted course, he instead landed within the Bahamas at a locale he named San Salvador. Mistaking the lands he encountered for Asia, he
referred to the inhabitants as (“indios,” Spanish for “Indians”). 

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" can be purchased at and Barnes and Noble Bookstores.

My two minute introductory talk about my 5 week seminar course on "Boston Bronze and Stone Monuments"conducted at the Beacon Hill Seminars was an up lifting experience in the presence of high energy professors and teachers of all interests.

The State House talk at Nurses Hall last week, I am certain was invigorating for my doest audience.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Boston: Boston Monuments September 7, 1630.

The Founders Memorial, 1930
Boston Common / Beacon and Spruce Streets John F. Paramino, Sculptor
Bronze Bas-relief / Stone

Boston Founded AD 1630 Tablet
Commissioned by the City of Boston to mark its 300th anniversary.
Taken from the Stone
This base relief plaque depicts the primary meeting between Boston’s first settler, the reclusive William Blackston (Blaxton) and John Winthrop. Winthrop and his companions found Charlestown unsatisfactory and crossed to “Shawmut”, the peninsula we now know as Boston. Among the figures in the group are the clergyman John Wilson, and Ann Pollard, the first white woman known to step onto Boston’s soil. 

Happy Birthday on September 7, Sarah Hutt, former Director of the Boston Art Commission, City of Boston

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Harbor Fog" by Ross Miller, a Boston Monument

Harbor Fog
Ross Miller
Granite ,steel, glass.

Ross Millers sculpture “Harbor Fog”, mysteriously and subtly reminds us of the the commercial importance, the danger,the history of the Boston Harbor and its islands. This modern interactive sculptor composed of granite stone taken from ancient Boston wharfs incorporates the skills of electricians, LED lighting, plumbing, motion detectors, as well as marine bronze.

A detailed list of key components of this pedestrian interactive structure follows:

21 Granite seawall stones, discovered and salvaged from wharves uncovered during Central Artery construction, form a boat-shaped sculptural landscape with openings to invite one into he interior space.
3 buoy markers, built of stainless steel and naval bronze, inspired by Boston Harbor navigational buoys.
12 motions sensors - ultrasonic sensors used for industrial control systems and additional infrared and microwave sensors cue fog, light and sound.
72 high pressure water fog nozzles used in the industrial cooling industry.
12 color Blast LED fixtures,provide over 16.7 million colors,controlled by IP addressable digital sequencer.
DIgital data processor, timers, astronomical clock, control software, to interpret pedestrian motion and control system response.
Digital sound, provides on the hour bells and sound sequences cued by motion sensors .

Ross Miller's ideas evolve by examining the site’s ecological and social history, patterns of pedestrian activity, quality of light, and proposed future uses in order to create public artwork that makes direct connection with the site, heightening one’s experience of being in that specific place. Sited in publicly accessible locations - urban squares and parks, in schools, subway tunnels, along highways and over city streets - these projects evolve through collaboration with local residents, school and community groups, planners, architects, landscape architects and other artists. The projects range from urban and architectural scale installations to intimate pedestrian scale sculptures.

Harbor Fog sculptor's, lighting work, more decorative in nature, has been developed by Miller from an original system developed from steel cable, net and commercial electric fixtures. These light installations contribute to urban experience in the dark cold times - at night and in the winter. At night the artworks appear to float due to fog mist emitted from the sculptor.

This Interactive artwork is located along the harbor side pedestrian walkway of Greenway Parcel 17, between the Aquarium and Rowes Wharf.

Granite seawall stones, salvaged from nearby piers, form a boat-shaped sculptural landscape with openings to invite pedestrians into an interior space. Here three vertical sculptural beacons, inspired by Boston Harbor navigational buoys, contain multiple fog nozzles, LED light sources, and a sound system.
Motion sensors at the top of the sculptures respond to pedestrian activity to initiate changing patterns of fog mist and light. Gusts of wind redirect the fog, colors change with seasons and ambient light conditions. Pedestrian activity, picked up by multiple motion sensors, creates changing effects that encourage people to move, explore and play with the sculptural buoy elements.
During warmer months the evening fog is illuminated by changing color progressions of LED light. In winter, with the fog turned off, light sparkles from within and projects out from the stainless steel beacon sculptures. In stormy weather light projecting from the sculptures projects patterns on snow-covered landscape.
Fog and lighting systems are industrial components designed for low maintenance and long operational life. Annual operation of the Harbor Fog water system follows seasonal schedule for park irrigation maintenance. The lighting and motion control systems operate throughout the year.

Concept and design by artist Ross Miller over a three year period with support for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project and Mass Turnpike Authority. Over 85 people have been evolved in the realization of this project: mechanical and electrical engineers, site construction workers, union tradespeople, steel fabricators and installers, digital and 3d model makers and management staff.
Project Team

Ross Miller,  Project Artist - concept, design development & 
                     details, shop drawings, fabrication & on-site     
                     installation direction

Project concept development began in the spring of 2005; site landscape work May - September, 2007; water system elements installed September - October, 2008; electrical sensors & programming April - May, 2009.

May individuals have contributed expertise and energy to the realization of this project, following is a partial listing:
(in approximate order of appearance)

Fred Yalouris  - Arch & Urban Design, MHD
Genaise Gonzalez - MHD Assistant
Wharf District Task Force
Steve Anderson - Authorized Rep. B/PB
Bob Masys  - Assistant PE, CA/T
Dennis Carmichael - Site LA, EDAW
Kristi Farnsworth - Site LA, EDAW
John Powell - Lighting Engineer, Parsons Brinkerhoff
John Calnan - Senior Engineer, FST
Drew Simmons - Electrical Engineering
Bob Redfern - FCN Plumbing Engineer
John Copley - Landscape Architect
Sean Sanger  - Landscape documents
Steve Sailing - Site details and specs
Luba Bezverkhny - plumbing specification
Brian Blethen - CA/T Accounting
Beatrice Ward - Models, large and small
David Brosnan - Structural Integrity Engineering Group

Ann Gorczyca - PE, Manager of Park Construction, MHD
Scott Wilson - site Installation, MHD
Dan Mullaly - MHD, site electrician, MHD
Mario Mazzeo - site plumbing, MHD
John Pagani - CA/T PE
Mike Flynn - Parcel 17 PE
Jim Barrett, CA/T

Kurt Maley - Fabrication Guru
Steve Baez - Fabrication Lead
Greg - Machine tool programming
Sam Wainwright - CAD Visualization
Ted Farnham - Lighting tech assistance
John Melillo - Color Kinetics
Andrew Hutcheson -  CAD site visualization
Ross Peterson - Mee Industries
Ajay Dighe - Mee industries
Kevin Randall - Manifold CAD
Paul DeRocher - Control Systems, programming & site work
Chris Souza - ALPS lighting & control systems

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us " intends to add this most resent Boston Moument to our book. Our book can be purchased on and

Monday, July 22, 2013

Boston Mouments:Frogs fishing on Boston Common

Fishing in the Frog Pond
2003, Boston Common / Lafayette Mall David Phillips, Sculptor

This kid friendly sculpture has always been a delight for me and every other kid who has visited Boston Commons’ Frog Pond. Two 4-foot-high bronze frog sculptures watch over the winter skaters and summer waders at the Frog Pond on Boston Common. From their perch on the eastern end of the pond, they look across Charles Street to the trees in the Boston Public Garden. According to Joseph Bagley, if you were standing on the same spot 8,000 years earlier, the pond would still be there inhabited by real, not bronze, frogs. In place of the skaters and waders, you’d find indigenous peoples living around the pond, and thousands of clamshells would be visible, scattered along a shoreline reaching as far as Charles Street. Bagley, a recent archaeology graduate, easily paints this picture—the fruit of senior work for distinction, funded by UROP, in which he studied artifacts excavated from the area around the Frog Pond. 
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Boston Historical Monuments, Spring Lane Plaque

SpringLane Plaque
Unknown Artist
year 1907

This plaque is dedicated to the first and most important fresh water spring discovered in Boston. This fresh water source was shared by William Blaxton who first resided on Beacon Hill. Blaxton or Blackstone who educated Governor John Winthrop about the "sweet water"source that enabled the new immigrants from England to establish a successful Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.
This was Boston's water source for many years until nearby and not so nearby reservoirs such as our Quabbin Reservoir is our primary source today.

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"intends to add this Boston Monument to our next edition of our book.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Boston Monuments celebrate The July 4 th "Pops" at the Esplanade.

Every July 4Th The Boston Pops celebrates our county's independence with traditional American patriotic music.

Every day of the year our Boston monuments guard our esplanade with some of the most memorable sculptures depicting our Nation's and Boston historical leaders. George Patton, WWII hero and Charles Devens, civil war hero both of military leadership. Both men are comemerated as Boston stautes populating the Boston Esplanade.

Arthur Fiedler's creation of the Boston Pops is memorialized by Hemlicks sculptural head which celebrates another form of heroic leadership; musical foresight.

The sculptor, Helmick, depicts Fiedler’s forceful musical passion embodied in a monument constructed of granite and layers of aluminum, an exception to Boston's theme of bronze and stone sculptures, but Fiedler was an exception in symphonic conductors.

Famed and beloved conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra for fifty years, 1929-1979, Arthur Fiedler founded the free Esplanade concerts still performed in Boston’s summer evenings
at the nearby Hatch Shell.

Cambridge sculptor Ralph Helmick earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1974 and an M.F.A. from the Boston Museum School in 1980. This monumental head is built up of cut out layers of aluminum in varying thicknesses, a distinctive technique originated by Helmick.

Joe Gallo, author, of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"celebrates our country's birthday with another Boston hero immortalized in Hemlick's monument to Arthur Fiedler.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Vendome Firemen's Monument Remembered June 17th. a Boston Monument.

Vendome Firemen Monument (1997)
Commonwealth Ave Mall Dartmouth Street Ted Clausen and Peter White, Sculptors Bronze / Granite
A reminder of impending death penetrates and surrounds me as I approach this work of art, this memorial for all Firemen who risk their lives for all of us each day that they stand watch.

When that Bell Rings We are All the Same, We are a Team, We have One Job to do. FF Thomas W. Beck with Engine Co. 32 March 22, 1937 – June 17, 1972
2:35 PM There is smoke in the Café of the Hotel Vendome on Commonwealth Ave / Dartmouth
2:40 PM Fire Fighters arrive, finding smoke and flames

coming from the third and fourth floors
Fire Fighter Joseph F. Boucher, JRS January 10, 1944-June 17, 1972
2:45 PM District Four Reports Box 1571 a working fire 2:46 PM A second alarm is struck
New Vendome Building in Background

Lt. Thomas J. Carroll Engine Co. 32
May 18, 1925-June 17, 1972

3:02 PM A third alarm is struck.

We save lives and property. We are no heroes. We do what we love. We do our jobs.
- Fire Fighter Charles E. Dolan Ladder Co. 13 September 6, 1924-June 17, 1972
We don’t talk about the tragic fires. It would be too much. We go home to our families.

3:06 PM A fourth alarm is struck.
Lt. John E. Hanbury, Jr. Ladder Co. 13 May 20, 1926 - June 17, 1972
“Our families know that each day could be our last. It’s just part of the work.”
FF Richard B. Magee Engine Co. 33 September 17, 1932 - June 17, 1972
“The worst is death, but you learn to let go. You wouldn’t be able to do your job.”
5:28 PM Without warning four floors of the Vendome collapse, burying twenty-five firefighters

“There is the unknown in every fire. You do your job, follow the plan: still something can go wrong.”
FF Paul Murphy Engine Co. 32 March 5, 1936 - June 17, 1972
2:00 AM Fire Fighters search the rubber until all are accounted for. Nine fire fighters are dead, sixteen are injured. “Investigators reveal that the Vendome did not collapse because of the fire, but from structural weakness.”

FF Joseph P. Sanivk Ladder Co. 13 August 8, 1924 - June 17, 1972
Sometimes you have to say “There’s nothing more we could have done.”
Losing a fire fighter brings back every other loss.”
Taken from the Stone

Boston is America, America is Boston
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Boston Monuments: Boston Public Library Copley Square Talk

Joe Gallo spoke at the Rabb Lecture Hall last Thursday for the "Never To Late Club series". Joe met new friends and reunited with some of his Boston Monuments both inside Boston Public Library and outside in Copley Square. Branchette and Faun were dancing on the water within Fredrick MacMonnies courtyard water fountain. Sir Henry Vane by Fredrick MacMonnies was there greeting me at the original entrance of this McKim Italian Rennasance edifice. Daniel Chester French's low relief Panel Doors Truth and Romance, Knowledge and Wisdom and Music and Poetry were there as well. Guarding the Library's street entrance of the BPL, Bela Pratts' Art and Science sit contemplatively in the sun.

The only square in America named after an American artist, John Copley by Lewis Cohen stands talk outside on busy Copley Square.

Nancy Shon's Tortoise and Hare racing to the Marathon finishing line of life. Bob Shure's Boston Marathon Memorial Monument celebrating for all men, all women and all disabled athelets their victories.

Augustus Saint -Gaudens' Phillip Brooks stands tall with Jesus outside, Henry Hobbs Richardson's masterpiece, Trinity Church.

Finally and sadly a most recent monument is emerging in Copley Square, The Boston Bombing Memorial waits to be conceived with Bronze and Stone.

All of the above artists and monuments inspired and directed me in that day's Boston Bronze and Stones talk.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The inspiration of the Bobby Orr Moument for the Boston Bruins team.

Government Center / TD Gardens, Cause Way Street H. Weber, Sculptor Bronze / Granite

Boston’s great Bobby Orr serves as inspiration for all who visit the TD Garden. Orr and the Boston Bruins, the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, are honored in this monument to triumph, victory, athletic accomplishment, and team spirit.

Under a clear blue sky on a cool spring afternoon, in the shadow of TD Garden and in front of thousands of adoring fans, friends and family, Bobby Orr unveiled the 800-pound bronze statue commemorating his famous overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues that gave the Boston Bruins the 1970 Stanley Cup 40 years ago.

The ultimate team player, Orr was thrilled to learn that the base of the statue bears a replica of that section of the Stanley Cup that bears the names of all his teammates, coaches and team officials.

“There is nothing more valuable in life than the love and support from friends and family,” Orr said. “That makes me the richest man in the world.” The statue stands at the West end of TD Garden, about 20 yardsfrom Causeway Street, which Harry Sin- den, the coach of the 1970 Bruins and later general manager and president of the team, suggested to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino be renamed “Bobby Orr Place.”

Orr was joined by former teammates Johnny Bucyk, Derek Sanderson, Ken Hodge Sr., Johnny “Pie” McKenzie, Don Marcotte and Gary Doak. Orr gave spe- cial thanks to Kathy Bailey, the widow ofGarnet “Ace” Bailey who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. (Read more: http://www.foxnews. com/sports/2010/05/10/orr-statue-un- veiled-flight-forever/#ixzz1877IiEtX, Dec. 14, 2010).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Boston Baseball Monuments and Statues 2013

The 2013 baseball season is upon us, and with this sport Boston's Public Art and artists have created memorable athletic individuals and positive roll models for us all.

Two monuments celebrating "Ted Williams "by Franc Talarico and "Teammates" by Antonio Tobias Mendez are both artist and tell us about the meaning of American baseball.

Williams was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner, led the league in batting six times, and also was a Triple Crown winner. A nineteen-time All Star, he had a career batting average of .344, with 521 home runs and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30,1918 – July 5, 2002), was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 21-year career as the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox (1939-1942 and 1946-1960).

Williams was the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941). Williams holds the highest career batting average of anyone
with 500 or more home runs. His career year was 1941, when he hit .406 with 37 HR, 120 RBI, and 135 runs scored. His .551 on base percentage set a record that stood for 61 years. Nicknamed “The Kid”, “The Splendid Splinter”, “Teddy Ballgame”, and “The Thumper” because of his hitting prowess, Williams’ career was twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot. An avid sports fisherman, he hosted a television show about fishing and was inducted into the IGA Fishing Hall of Fame.

Ted Williams was one of the greatest hitters who ever lived, an American patriot, and a pioneer in the development of the Jimmy Fund. Ted will forever be one of the great heroes in the history of baseball, Boston, and America. He amassed 521 home runs despite sacrificing five years in his prime to serve his country during World War II and the Korean War. He was a relentless champion of children, such as this child to whom he is offering his cap, in their battles against cancer, and helped make the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Center Institute the world renowned center of research it is today.

"Ted Williams"Monument outside of Fenway Park
"The memory of Ted Williams will forever be a point of pride for the Boston Red Sox, the people of Boston, New England, and the United States of America. Dedicated this 16th day of April, 2004."
(Taken from the Bronze)


"The Red Sox fans the world over, they are simply known as Bobby, Ted, Dom and Johnny."

(Taken from the Bronze)

These are our Red Sox Hall of Famers. Williams, Pesky, Doerr and DiMaggio have a permanent home at Fenway Park. Watching Ted Williams on TV hit home runs out of Fenway Park was a Sunday ritual for my father and I, as for many of us in Boston.

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"by Joe Gallo is a guidebook mapping and story telling of Boston's Monuments and Statues dotting our parks and streets of the City of Boston.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Boston monuments: Updated Fall 2013 Schedule Talks

September 18, 2013 at 11:30 am  at The Osher Lifelong Learning Instituteat UMass Boston

September 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Beacon Hill Seminars, Boston

September 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Brookline Adult Education Center, Brookline

October 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Beacon Hill Seminars, Boston

October 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Beacon Hill Seminars, Boston

October 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Beacon Hill Seminars, Boston

October 23, 2013 at 1: 00 pm at Beacon Hill Seminars, bostton

Nov 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm at the AAUW( American Association of University Women), Melrose- Wakefield

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

News Flash: Joe Gallo of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" On TV once again!

Joe Gallo of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" once again on Chronicle Channel 5 TV Memorial Day evening 7:30 PM

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New fall talks and schedule for Joe Gallo "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" : lectures on Boston Monuments.

 On September 18, 2013 between 11.31AM and 1:00 pm Paula Ogier of the UMass Boston Osher Lifelong Institute of Learning , has asked me to give a talk about Boston's Bronze and Stone Monuments. All are welcomed!

Joe Gallo will be conducting a five week lecture course at the Beacon Hill Seminars school of learning. The Wednesdays between September 25, 2013 and October 23, 2013.

The course description and outline follow:

Session one
 Overview of why Boston monuments, in particular, sculptures are important to us as Bostonians and Americans
Introduction to the survey of eighteen neighborhoods containing these works of art
Boston common: A closer look, America’s first public space; mapping and discussing the monuments within its boundaries
Open discuss of these bronze and stone with respect to Americas history and Boston’s art community
Commodore John Barry, Marque de Lafayette, Boston Massacre Monument. Edward Filenes stone, Robert Gould Shaw, frogs, etc..
Questions and discussions

Session two
Discussion of Boston public gardens with respect to the monuments within it.
A closer look at George Washington, Ether Monument, Triton Babies, Edward Everett Hale, William Ellery Channing, Thomas Cass, Wendell Phillips, etc..
Commonwealth ave neighborhood and its sculptures at every block with their relationship to the Back Bay concept of first planned residential, commercial and cultural neighborhood based on the French design and influence
In field:
Visit to king’s chapel, a museum of Americas first sculptures their significance for Boston’s, America’s history and for Americas art history
Visit to school street & old city hall outside monuments
Questions and discussions

Session three
Discussion of the sculptures and artisans of Copley place
The significance for both Boston and America. Respect to edifices surrounding this uniquely designed public space
In Field:
Visit to state house outside area and it’s monuments
Discussion of their historical significance and their creative artists

Session four
Downtown monuments their historical importance and their respective public space and architectural surrounding buildings
A closer look at the “Boston Bricks” sculpture, Robert Burns monument, The Aspiration of Freedom Monument, etc..
Discussion of humanism and Boston monuments
George Thorndike angel, Dorothea  Dix, William Ellery Channing
Questions and discussion

Session five

Northend and waterfront monuments their historical importance to bostons’ past and future, oldest public streets and parks of Boston

A closer look at the Second church plaque; Bulfinch’s masterpiece, Paul revere, George Washington bust

Course overview questions and discussions

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Memorial Day Boston Momuments and Statues 2013.

“In 1868, Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for all Departments and Posts to set aside the 30Th of May as a day for remembering the sacrifices of fallen comrades, thereby beginning the celebration of Memorial Day.” (Taken from the Stone) right photo.

Thus began the birth of our Memorial Day Weekend, Boston, MA.

Numerous War memorials punctuate the parks and streets of the city of Boston with the Revolutionary Column on the State House's grounds to mention one of the first in the nation. below

The Civil War memorial 'The Soldiers and Sailors Monument" in The Boston Common by Martin Milmore commemorates all sectors of our countries sacrifice during the Civil War years.

"In honor off all veterans who served in the Armed Services of the United States in the first world war to preserve democracy and freedom. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts erects this tribute and records the peoples prayer for lasting liberty and peace."(Taken from the Bronze)

The above bronze monumental plaque by sculpture Emilius Ciampa is found in the halls of our Massascusetts State House. This memorial thanks our WWI military for their ultimate sacrifice.

The World War II Memorial on the Fenway by John F. Paramino memorializing all who gave their lives for our country defending our freedoms.

"Forever remembered in stone are our soldiers who defend our American freedom. Let us all hope that no more of these monuments to the dead will ever be need once there is an end to the conflicts in the Middle East."

In the early morning hours of 23 October 1983, a truck loaded with explosives crashed through the security perimeter of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. In the explosion that followed, 241 U.S. Military personnel were killed and 80 seriously wounded. Nine of these killed were from Massachusetts. These nine young men are clearly honored here. These young people, on a mission of peace in a land stricken by violence, were killed as they slept. They are remembered here in grateful appreciation of their sacrifice on behalf of freedom.

Finally above, Boston's latest tribute and respect given to our troops who have recently sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, "The Old North Church Memorial Garden" created Rev Patricia Handloss and a committee( Jai Wei Wu, Norma Hobbs, Howaed Kaye, Christian Kulikoski, Lisa Shiller, Julliane Murphy, Andrew DeMaio, Dorothy Redmond, Brooks Brooksbank, Mailyn Kuilkonski) aand also assisted by American relatives and various religious groups who lost love ones in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars using nameless dog tags representing their fallen heros.

In addition, The Memorial was built by parishioners from Old North Church, the children from St John's School, members of the North End Community and numerous tourists who were traveling through as the memorial was being built.

Memorial Day began in Boston, "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" , a Boston guidebook salutes and celebrates our fallen heros through Boston's Public Monuments and Statues.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Talk schedule for "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"

Joe Gallo will be speaking about "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"at the following locations this winter/ spring 2013 time frame:

January 10 , 2013 at 2:00 PM at The Boston Cable Channel 9 Commonwealth Ave Boston, Ma

February 4, 6:00 PM at the Pearl Room BSA in 290 Congress Street , Boston ; Boston Society of Architects, for the "Boston By Foot" docents.

"The talk directed for the dedicated docents of 'Boston By Foot' organization, I believe was successful. The new and different manner that we shall all view the numerous and artistic quality bronze and stone sculptures in our city of Boston's parks, streets, and public buildings has been enhanced by this discussion."

February 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM Boston Public Library 630 Adams Street, Dorcester, Ma

March 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM  Faneuil Branch BPL, 419 Faneuil Street , Brighton Ma

March 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM North Reading Library, 147 Park Street , North Reading , MA

March 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA

April 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM 690 Adams Street, Dorcester, Ma

April 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM South End Branch , 685 Tremont Street, Boston, Ma

May 14 2013 at 7:00 PM Helena Flint Library 147 Park ave , North Reading, MA

May 28 2013 at 7:00 PM Tewsksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street , Tewsbury MA

June 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM Boston Public Library main branch "The Never To Late Club" 700 Boylston Street, Boston Ma

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Boston Monuments, Charles Stuart artist painter

Gilbert Charles Stuart 
sculptor H. Carins 
Granite  1897

The prolific portrait painter Gilbert Charles Stuart (1777-1828) is best known for the so-called “unfinished portrait” of George Washington, the face of which is reproduced on the dollar bill. Stuart mainly painted portraits of his wealthy clients, including the first six presidents of the United States, but due to his mismanagement of his business, Stuart died in poverty and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Old South Burying Ground on Boston Common. The grave cannot now be located, but this granite tablet Boston monument commemorates Stuart’s life and work. The tablet depicts a painter’s palette in bas-relief with a quill pen thrust through the thumbhole.

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"next edition shall feature this Boston Monument to one of Boston's most celebrated artists.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Boston Bronze and Stone goes to Boston Channel 9

As Arts/Cultural editor for Neighborhood Network News (, I'd like to invite you to come to our Kenmore Square Studios  on Thursday January 10 at 2 pm to pretape a 6-minute interview about your book and upcoming promotional appearance in Boston.  The segment will  aired later in the month on Boston Cable Channel 9 at  at 5:30, 9:30 and 11:00 pm.

Chris Hardy
Arts/Cultural Editor

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us " has just been invited for another interview about my book.

I am looking forward to this new adventure. It never ceases to amaze me how excited and curious Bostonians are about my new book.

This bronze sculpture ascends upward to celebrate the construction of the then-tallest building in Boston. In 1967, the Prudential Building pioneered the future of the Boston architectural landscape. Quest Eternal proudly heralds the future for the forward-looking metropolitan business community. Lead by this tall skyscraper, our current financial district became a reality.
Found on Boylston Street in Boston, at the foot
of the Prudential building this large single cast sculpture called ‘Quest Eternal’ bears the following inscription: “Cast in Italy, this five-ton bronze figure is a traditional classic form depicting man reaching for the heavens.”
Taken from the Stone