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.