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.