Saturday, October 17, 2015

Edgar Allen Poe Monument; A Year Later Boston, MA

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speaks To Us" Salutes the one year anniversary of "Edgar Allen Poe Monument and all those who have participated in its completion.

Some Secrets shared by Those who Care about this Great Boston Poet written below.

A sculpture by Stefanie Rocknak "Poe Returns Home"

"One of the best-kept secrets in Boston's literary history concerns the most influential writer ever born here: Edgar Allan Poe. And the secret is this: he was born here! Over the past 200 years, leading up to the bicentennial of Poe's birth on January 19, 2009, his connections to other East Coast cities—Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York—have been celebrated and memorialized. While each of these cities hosts a museum or historic house that commemorates Poe's standing as a local author, Boston has made itself conspicuous for its apparent determination to treat the master of mystery—America's first great critic and a foundational figure in the development of popular culture—like an undeserving orphan. This attitude is all the more fascinating because it can be traced back to the antebellum period, involves a war of words as snarky as any from that time, and is based on a misunderstanding of the importance of Boston to Poe's development. It turns out that both Poe the baby and Poe the writer and critic were born in the same place.
Mounted at the end of the Poe bicentennial year, THE RAVEN IN THE FROG POND uses materials from the collections of the Boston Public Library, the American Antiquarian Society, Susan Jaffe Tane, and M. Thomas Inge to tell the complex story of Poe's relation to the city of his birth. While it’s true that Poe fought a career-long battle against Boston-area authors, whose moralistic poems and stories sounded to him like the croaking of frogs, it’s also true that he had positive feelings about the place. He knew that his mother had found her best friends here. He discovered his first literary mentor, and published his first and last works here. Indeed, his decision to move here in 1827 and his determination to move back in the weeks before his unexpected death in 1849 suggest that he thought of Boston as a place of refuge and new beginnings."

By Boston Public Library " Raven in The Frog Pond"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Piatt. Andrew Bronze Door Monument Cape Ann Museum by Boston Sculptor John F. Paramino

The A. Piatt Andrew Bronze Doors, once attached to the bridge by the same name, now can be properly viewed at the inner entrance of the Cape Ann Museum. Averse to viewing these doors on the bridge, passing by at 40 - 50-MPH, this is a much more benign venue.

Discovering these bronze doors, created by Boston sculptor John F. Paramino, I was pleasantly surprised this summer, with the display of these doors and the newly renovated Cape Ann Museum. Here this public art is properly displayed for the public.

The A. Piatt Andrew bridge,which connects Gloucester to the mainland, was dedicated to the Gloucester resident Abram Piatt Andrew, as the photo below depicts, "Soldier, Scholar, Statesman".

Boston sculptor and native John F. Paramino, who created this monument, attended North Bennett Street Industrial School in Boston's North End; later he was a pupil of Bela Pratt and assisted both Pratt and August 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 Boston 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 all located on the Boston Common; The Second Church Plaque, positioned on the only Charles Bullfinch Church remaining in the United Sates on Hanover Street Boston, MA and of course The World War Two Memorial on the Fenway Boston, MA just to mention a few of his works.
A. Piatt Andrew Bronze Door
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Gloucester Bronze Door by John F. Paramino

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The above Bronze door signifies A. Piatt Andrew's acquired titles and honors, as a public servant, both in America and abroad. The lower door photo represents the Gloucester, MA (America's oldest fishing industry seaport) and the fishermen who risk their lives each day for us out on the seas.
Some general facts about Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr., taken from Wikipedia for those of who are unfamiier with his lifes' accomplishments.

Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr. (February 12, 1873 – June 3, 1936) was an economist, an Assisant Secretary of the Treasury the founder and director of the American Ambulance Field Service during World War I, and a United States Representative from Massachusetts.  He studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1893 to 1898, graduating with a Masters degree in 1895 and a doctorate in 1900. He later pursued postgraduate studies in the Universities of Halle, Berlin, and Paris.
He moved to Gloucester, MA and was instructor and assistant professor of economics at Harvard from 1900 to 1909. In January 1907 Andrew published a paper that anticipated the economic panic that hit in the fall of that year.

On the strength of this paper as well as on his strong economics education, Andrew was selected to serve on the National Monetary Commission tasked with reforming the American banking system. Andrew took a leave from Harvard and spent two years studying the central banks of Germany, Britain and France. He served as Director of the U.S. Mint  in 1909 and 1910, and as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during 1910-1912. He attended the historic meeting at Jekyll Island  1910. The commission's report recommended the creation of the Federal Reserve System.

Andrew foundered the American Ambulance Field Service.
Andrew drove an ambulance in the Dunkirk sector for a few weeks during World War I but his supervisor suggested bigger plans for him. French army policy prohibited foreign nationals from traveling into battle zones.
In March 1915, Andrew met with Captain Aime Doumenc, head of the French Army Automobile Service and plead his case for the American volunteers. They desired above all, he said, "To pick up the wounded from the front lines…, to look danger squarely in the face; in a word, to mingle with the soldiers of France and to share their fate!"  Doumenc agreed to a trial. The success of Andrew's Section Z was immediate and overwhelming. By April 15, 1915, the French created American Ambulance Field Service operating under French Army command.
Andrew headed the organization, soon shortened the name to "American Field Service" throughout the war, though his role changed significantly when its ambulance sections were taken over by the United States Army in late summer 1917.

Andrew established a domestic organization based in Boston to recruit young American drivers and to raise funds from wealthy donors. The stateside office was headed by Henry Davis Sleeper and assisted by Henry Hays Hammond and former ambulance driver both Gloucester residents.

Andrew was elected as a Republican  to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Willfred W. Lufkin ; he was reelected to the Sixty -eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from September 27, 1921, until his death.

He died on June 3, 1936, in Gloucester, MA , at his home "Red Roof" from influenza , which he had been suffering from for several weeks.
"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" sold on and in local book stores.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bostoniano Magazine features "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" Boston, MA

Published a few years ago, Joseph R. Gallo’s “Boston Bronze & Stone Speak to Us” has become one of the most sought after books on Boston’s art history. The
book is a beautiful pictorial essay of the city’s most talented artists and commemorative events over a 400- year history. “The artist/sculptor cap- tures the spirit of a
human experience,” writes Gallo. “This sometimes eclectic selection of unusual and often contradictory monuments seems to me somewhat symbolic of the idiosyncratic character of Boston itself.”

 Sure, you might know about the Christopher Columbus statue on the Waterfront, but did you know there is one in a Beacon Hill garden, too? And how about Parkman Plaza, adorned with sculptures by artists Arcangelo Cascieri and Adio DiBiccari? (
August 2015.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Why Monuments are Defaced or Destroyed Boston, MA

Monument defaced Boston, MA Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To US;
Christopher Columbus Defaced

Andrew J. Mazzola sculptor; Monument defaced in Christopher Columbus Park;
Christopher Columbus Monument by Andrew J. Mazzola

Photos by Steven Passacantilli courtesy http:/

Why are Monuments Defaced?

Christopher Columbus Carrara marble statue in Boston was defaced a few weeks ago to protest the on going conflict in some of our American cities between Afro-Americans and Local police forces.

A number of years ago a similar defacing and decapitation of the Christopher Columbus monument in the city of Boston occurred, at that time from an out cry of our native American community for injustices done to their people past and present.

Each protest to this white Carrara marble statue was indirectly symbolically aimed at our White Caucasian majority. Christopher Columbus symbolizes that White Caucasian Christian majority from Europe who dominated, conquered, controlled enslaved and almost eradicated these minority groups within America.

Monuments can bring out all sorts of feelings, emotions ideologies out from all people and all sectors of society.Monuments speak to each one of us in different and unique ways.

Christopher Columbus

Waterfront / Christopher Columbus ParkAndrew J. Mazzola, SculptorCarrara 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.

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 farfetched 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”). 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Monument Came to Visit Me or Did I Visit It?

          A monumemt came to visit me today, or did I visit it?

Gloucester MA Fuller School; Vietnam Wall Memorial;
The Healing Wall

The moving Healing Wall; Fuller School Area Gloucester MA;
Joe Gallo Touching the names etched on The Healing Wall
Flags waved and sirens sounded, the truck carrying the monument, escorted by Massachusetts State Police followed by 350 motorcyclists roaring by with our 58,300 Vietnam War Veterans coming back to visit all of us.

All of the solders arrived; their names etched on garbo black aluminum wall panels. Our Governor, Charlie Baker, and hundreds of others greeting them," That is the lesson Vietnam taught us. Even if you don't support the war, you should support the soldier."

I was no soldier like these men and women or like my father was during the Second World War.
I had to visit these names of once alive youthful Americans with their hopes and dreams as all of us had at their age. Americans who went in place of me. I had to greet and thank them for their ultimate sacrifice for their country. I came very close of going to Vietnam then. The lottery was my master as it was for every young man at that time.

Touching the wall of names connected me with them. I, like everyone else who views this wall was unable to discern these soldiers rank nor ethnicity. I do know these soldiers were all my American brothers and sisters. Monuments do that with people. Monuments help to celebrate,  criticize,  educate, commemorate, inspire, remember, respect and even heal the men and the women who look upon these monuments with etched names. Radiating from such slabs of stone, aluminum, marble or bronze are feelings or memories of these veterans and the times they lived and died.

Was I worthy enough to even touch these young soldiers names, frozen in time, their ultimate sacrifice allowing me to stand on this side of the Wall of life? This thin barrier of sheer aluminum here in Gloucester or stone in Washington DC, separates us.

I came to visit and thank all 58,300 soldiers allowing me to live my life with freedoms that are all so dear to each one of us. Thank you American Veterans for allowing me to live my life, my dreams.
Thank all you soldiers, you are still touching us all today.

Joseph R Gallo 
14 Old Nugent Farm Road, Gloucester, MA
author of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A most Wonderful Letter about" The USS Boston and the Japanese Peace Bell" 1945.

A thank you letter from Lola Heiler- Stillman about my talk at the University of Mass OLLI lecture series.

Lola states,

"Thanks Joe for your kind reply.  I too have been laid up with medical problems - had hip replacement surgery in early June and now am going through PT to strengthen/straighten leg/hip.  I finally got a chance to order your book from Amazon as gifts for two of my friends who love Boston and its history.  One is an "OFD" (Originally From Dorchester) like me whose dad retired from the Boston public school system after 30 years of teaching high school history.  We both share a love and passion for the city of our birth and a desire to educate in our own unique ways.  She was the person who introduced me to OLLI at UMass Boston and helped me present a Quincy Access TV program on the bell/USS Boston and its connection to the city of Quincy (built at Fore River Shipyard in 1942/launched in 1943).

The Boston Courant did a brief article on the bell for this past week's edition.  The writer Jordan Frias was looking for a tie-in to WW2 70th anniversaries so I suggested he focus on 1945 when the USS Boston sailors found the bell at the Yokosuka weapons depot/foundry during the occupation.  I also stressed that 2015 is the 340th anniversary of the bell's casting.  

I continue to look forward to educating the public about Boston's peace bell and hope to write a monograph for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy that will be available to the public when they visitor the Shattuck Visitor Center in the Back Bay Fens.  Also plan to continue my relationship with OLLI UMass Boston by doing a presentation on my hero Frederick Law Olmsted and his Emerald Necklace parks next spring.  Will include a tour of the Back Bay Fens as part of the program.  I love what OLLI stands for so whatever contribution I can make brings me joy.

You as well have inspired me in my own Boston historic pursuits and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to meet you in person.

Happy summer.  Lola."

This below quote taken from a March 19, 2012 article in Back Bay Patch by Lola Heiler- Stillman exclaims,

"Forged in 1675, the 450-pound bell rang for centuries in religious ceremonies at the Manpuku-ji temple in Sendai. During World War II, the Japanese government compelled its citizens to donate metals to be smelted down and turned into artillery, and the bells were granted no exception. As a result, nearly 95% of all of the temple bells in Japan were lost. During the American invasion of Japan, Navy soldiers found 500 bells ready to be repurposed into weapons of war and took several back to America. Capt. Marion Kelley of the USS Boston brought this particular bell back in 1946.Over the next decades, all but one of the bells were returned to their original homes in Japan as diplomatic gestures. When the US State Department contacted Sendai in 1953 to arrange the bell’s return, a group called the Temple Believers offered to allow the bell to remain in Boston as a gift. 'They were donating it in the spirit of peace and friendship between the two cities,' says Heiler-Stillman."

Thank you Lola for your passionate research and your kind words about my book "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us", Joe Gallo

Another Japanese Peace Offering in our Boston Public Garden

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Japonese Lantern Boston Public Gardens
Japanese Lantern (16th Century)

Boston Public Garden / near Bridge Donated by Japanese Art Dealer Bunkio Matsuki Iron / Granite
Ornamenting Boston’s beautiful Public Gardens, this iron lantern was a gift from the people of Japan in 1904.

The lantern is symbolic of the light brought to gardens by other Japanese lanterns and was donated by Japanese art dealer Bunkio Matsuki. Since the 7th century such lanterns were used in Buddhist temples and shrines. Matsuki was born in Japan where he was trained as a Buddhist monk but he immigrated to Boston in 1888 where he established a business promoting Japanese art. 

Taken from "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Homicide and The Needless Death of Our Young.

Homicide and The Needless Death of Our Young.

Garden of Peace

Government Center 
Judy Kensley McKie / Catherine Melina, Sculptors Bronze / Granite
The stone base of this monument symbolizes “Tragic Density” and the bronze Ibis ascending represents “Hope”. It was erected to honor the loss of innocent lives especially on our city streets. This serene Garden of Peace captures in bronze and stone the hopes of all who dream of living in peaceful communities, societies, and a peaceful world.
The Garden of Peace is a memorial commemorating victims of homicide and 
a living reminder of the impact of violence. 
It is a visual testament to the need for 
eliminating violence. The Garden is a symbol 
of hope for peace and renewal in our lives, 
our community, and the world.
Nancy, A Passage of Time (1978)
Cambridge Street 
Rick Lee, Sculptor 
Cor-Ten Steel and Stainless Steel / Granite
A personal tragedy inspired this universal symbol of sudden death that can effect any of us at any time.
The Drucker family commissioned this sculpture in honor of their deceased daughter and sister, Nancy, who was killed in a car accident in 1975. They donated the piece to the city and dedicated it on May 30th, 1978, the date of Nancy’s 28th birthday. Although the sculpture might be said to resemble an open book, it is primarily abstract. The two materials used to create it stainless steel and Cor-Ten steel create contrast in the work’s surface as the Cor-Ten half rusts with exposure to the elements, and the stainless half resists that decay. The Cor-Ten surface, then, marks the passage of time as it corrodes, alluding to our collective mortality, while the stainless element retains its sheen, as does Nancy’s memory through this memorial. 
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

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JFK Boston Landmark and Monument Massachusetts State House front Lawn Boston, MA

John F. Kennedy Monument Boston Landmark

Happy Birthday to JFK Remembered.

Outside Beacon Hill State House south lawn Isabel Mcllvain (1943- ), Sculptor Bronze / Stone
Isabel Mcllvain sculptor bronze and stone Boston Landmark
JFK always moving forward

This bronze statue of John F. Kennedy, the35th President of the United States. Dedicated on May 29, 1990, was designed and sculpted by Isabel McIlvain and paid for by the contributions of private 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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Friday, May 29, 2015

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Joe Gallo talks about Importance of Boston Monuments

over 30 books sold of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"
Joe Gallo signing book copies
A delightful gathering of over 30 people wanting to know more about Boston's Monuments and Boston Landmarks at Wilmington, MA Memorial Library.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Boston Monument Art and History Talk at The Diamond Middle School Lexington, MA

First the healthy luncheon prepared by Mr Gallager and staff and then the Boston Monument Art and History Talk by Joe Gallo of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"

Healthy food choices our theme

joe -- Here is a picture of our luncheon today.  It is Ed Dube, me, you, and Anne Carothers, principal.  Your presentation was the best yet!  Thank you for taking so much time to arrange a new slideshow  and emphasize all of the images that connect to our students and curriculum.  We are so very fortunate to have you as part of our team!

Many thanks and with much appreciation,

Diane, Ed, Alison, and Chris  
Team Everest Teachers
William Diamond Middle School
Lexington, MA  

The 86 middle school students of Ms Gallagers's 7th grade class were excited and inquisitive as in the past. Creativity, the theme, effect each one of us through our lives. We discussed creativity by the artists, who designed these monuments as well as the creativity of the people who these artists immortalized in bronze and stone.

Thank you all both staff and students at The Diamond Middle School Lexington, MA
joe gallo

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Boston Bronze and Stone Talk at U of Mass Boston a Success.

Boston Bronze and Stone Talk at U of Mass Boston a Success.

The main campus and satellite campuses were filled with eager students of all ages and over a 100 books were sold. Thank you U Mass of Boston for a third visit to your university lecture series program.

The Importance of Boston Monuments
Tele conference at U of Mass Boston Campus

Tele confrence center  The importance of Boston Monuments
U of Mass Adult Education

U of Mass Boston Tele conference with Hingam,Nantucket Quincy Campuses
Joe Gallo
Joe Gallo and his book "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" will be visiting on May 27, 2015 The Diamond Middle School in Lexington, MA for a third time as well. How sculpture speaks to us. How arts speak to us through their sculptural art forms

A new talk is scheduled at the Wilmington Memorial Library 175 Middlesex Ave Wilmington, MA on May 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM . The talk will consist of the practical use of the guide book in Boston as well as the importance of Boston Monuments to all of us as citizens of both the Boston area and America. All are welcomed.

Remember :"Boston is America, America is Boston"

Books will be sold at a discounted price.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Boston Landmark a monument to the Beginning of Memorial Day Celebration.

Upon entering the Massachusetts State House designed by Boston's own native son, Charles Bullfinch, a bronze monument resides.

Memorial Day Monument, a Boston Monument Landmark.

Grand Army Monument, another example of Boston Historic Art

Outside Beacon Hill State House south lawn Bronze Plaque 1930

“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.” 

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

John A. Logan, is regarded as the most important figure in the movement to recognize Memorial Day( originally known as "Decoration Day") as an official holiday declared that May 30, 1868 be a "Decoration Day": decorating the graves of the war dead.

However, the first people who used ritual to honor this country's war dead were the formerly enslaved black community of Charleston, South Carolina, May 1, 1865 three years earlier then Commander Logan's declaration on May 30th 1868.

In the West African tradition of honoring their war dead by decorating the graves of their war dead back in Africa. The Charleston, South Carolina's Gullah people ( West African rice planters who were enslaved and sold at this port), Honored their fallen heroes both back and white on May 1, 1865 by having 3000 black children bearing roses with women and men bearing wreaths marched together decorating their fallen dead. Black troops were present including some of our 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Thus our roots of our National Memorial Day commemoration.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tribute to Boston Police Officers 2005
Robert Shure, Sculptor Bronze / Stone

With all the shootings of citizens and police officers in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York, New York let us remember our good law enforcement officers who protect and save lives every day for all of us.

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 Tribute to Boston Police Officers Monument

After a decade of planning, the Boston Police Department’s legacy of more than 150 years the oldest police department in the USA was finally immortalized. Since 1854, from the first watchmen to today’s Boston’s Police Force, Boston Police Officers have given their lives in the line of duty. The unveiling of this memorial, a Boston Landmark, was completed and dedicated with Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O’Toole, Mayor Menino, 500 residents, and Rita Gallagher, 76, of South Boston. Rita’s husband, John, was shot dead at 33 years of age, in the line of duty.

“This is beautiful,” she later told Bob Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn, who created the memorial. “I just hadto say that to you.” The idea, the planning, the fund raising and the hard work to complete this police memorial for the oldest and finest police force in the country was accomplished by Capt. Bob Flaherty commander of the 4th District of the South End. The memorial was funded by officers, civilian employees and private grants that took over 10 years and $500,000 to complete.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Boston Marathon Longest Continuous Running Event in America's History, Bob Shures Boston Monument.

Boston Marathon Memorial (1996)

Copley Sq. / Dartmouth St./ Boylston St. Robert Shure and Robert Lamb, Sculptors Mark Flannery, Designer
Bronze / Granite

The longest continuously run annual marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon ends here with this sculpture.
 Bobby Gibb Boston Marathon Monument

Boston Monuments Boston Marathon Monument Copley Square

Bob Shure Boston Marathon Monument

Bob Shure Boston Monument Boston Marathon

Situated in Copley Square, adjacent to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, this memorial celebrates the race’s 115th running. At first, the memorial might be easy to miss: instead of rising up vertically, like most of the sculptures this tour highlights, the memorial consists primarily of granite patterns set into the ground. 

The central medallion traces the marathon’s course from the suburb of Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay, and an elevation map shows off its notoriously difficult hills. Around this central medallion are inscribed the names of the marathon’s winners, including Bobbi Gibb. Initially disguised as a man, she first ran the marathon in 1966 when women, thought to not be physiologically capable, were not yet allowed to enter the race. Depictions of the diverse runners of the Boston Marathon are captured in bronze reliefs on posts around the medallion. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Winthrop Lane Downtown Boston paved with brick sized Boston Monuments.

Winthrop Lane / between Otis / Arch streets Kate Burke and Gregg Lefevre, Sculptors Bronze / Stone

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Used as pavers among the common cobblestones, “Boston Bricks” speak quietly to us about the Boston Tea Party, The Boston Marathon, and Boston’s reputation for horrific drivers and traffic. Each bronze brick work of art depicts dozens of past historical events. Some of these tiny vignettes are comical and some are monumental, each cast in bronze surrounded by stone and bricks, hidden in Boston’s
downtown district.

Boston Monuments First subway in America
Underground subway Boston Ma Bronze brick monument

Stamp Act 1765 bronze brick Monument

Boston Tea Party 1773 brick monument
Boston Drivers brick monument
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Batter Batter, The Cy Young Award originated with a Boston Baseball Player of course, Boston Monuments.

Cy Young
Northeastern University / Fenway Robert Shure, Sculptor Bronze

Cy Young, legendary pitcher for the Boston Americans (later renamed the Red Sox) came home to Boston on September 29, 1993, thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Yawkey Foundation II.

Memorialized in a bronze statue that stands on the site of
the Red Sox first home field the Huntington Avenue Baseball
Grounds, now at the heart of the Northeastern University campus
Cy is poised in the pitcher’s stance, eyes riverted on the catcher,
waiting for the first pitch in the first World Series, on October 1,

Boston Monument Guide books

1903. Although the Boston Americans lost the first game, they went
on to win the series, defeating the Pittsburgh Nationals (Pirates),
five games to three.

In addition to the statue of Cy Young, a commemorative home plate was placed at the historic site of the first
World Series. The statue, created by nationally known sculptor Robert Shure of Woburn, Massachusetts, and home plate 
are located between Churchill Hall and the Cabot Physical Education Center.

This tribute to baseball and the Red Sox represents a visible link between Northeastern University and the city of Boston, a connection characterized by both changing landscapes and lasting achievements.

The Skylight Studios in Woburn, MA., the only one of its kind in New England, has performed numerous creative and historical tasks for clients in all parts of the world. Robert Shure, of Skylight Studios, also has restored many famous Boston monuments. 

To mention a few, the Old State House Lion and clock as well as The Massachu- setts State Seal. Robert Shure has had his creative and ar- tistic hand in “Hear Us” - State House Women’s Leadership Project, The Irish Famine Memorial, The Police and Fire Memorial as well as others.

Cy Young is one of hundreds of Boston monuments found in our "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us" guide book for Boston Monuments.

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Joseph Gallo Brings Boston’s Public Street Sculptures to Life in New Book

February 16, 2012
Strolling through Boston, it’s easy to spot the sculptures that tourists congregate around and snap pictures of during the summer months. But what people don’t see when looking at the bronze or stone pieces is the story behind them, and what they represent. Joseph Gallo, author of  “Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us” is the exception.
With a dream of writing a book detailing the stories behind Boston’s abundant public sculpture, Gallo’s comprehensive guide is now very much a reality. “There hasn’t been a book like this in 75 years,” said Gallo, who worked on it for six years, conducting his research by sifting through Massachusetts Statehouse archives, newspaper articles, books, and the Internet.
Unlike other books on Boston’s statues, “Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us” is inviting and lively, much like the statues themselves, which seemed to come alive with the animated way Gallo described them. “This book is not just stagnant statues, they speak to us, and you have to listen to their whispers,” he said.
In college, Gallo minored in history and art, two consuming passions that were suppressed because he had to work and make a living. When he moved to Lincoln Walk about seven years ago with his wife, Gallo reveled in the art and history surrounding him.
“I was walking through the streets and saw all these monuments, and I realized I didn’t know much about them. So I looked at old books and the photos were horrendous. The photos were black and white, and the text was boring…I got into it out of ignorance,” he reflected.
But Gallo’s encounters with monuments he lived amongst but knew nothing about is no foreign feeling to a great majority of Bostonians. People walk the Freedom Trail, perhaps out of a sense of obligation, but the journey is meaningless unless there is an understanding of its significance, and the statues that are meant to help portray that.
“Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us” is an exciting guide that informs readers of not only what they’re seeing, but why it’s important. “I tried to make my book colorful and meaningful for people who come. Newer statues emit feeling, while older statues are rigid, and I want people to know the history of why that is. I added maps and put stars to reflect the pages of where statues are, and broke everything up into neighborhoods so you can take these sections and not be overwhelmed by the city of Boston,” Gallo said of his work.
Speaking in between sips of hot chocolate at Caffe Paradisio on Hanover Street, Gallo dissected some of the sculptures in his book, piecing together art and history with each animated word. Gallo’s favorite statue is Paul Revere, and not just because of the gallant way he sits atop his horse in the North End. “Like myself, he was an entrepreneur,” Gallo started. “He made all the bells in New England, and so many different buildings still have them. He was also a patriot, and I, too, love my country.”
A botanist by trade (he works at Plantscape Designs, Inc.), Gallo gives life to plants. So it is no wonder that he is fascinated with statues expressing lifelike qualities. “The twisted aspirational monuments, the ones that are contorted in different ways are the monuments that have real life. They’re scattered all throughout Boston. I particularly like the Hungarian Freedom Monument where the Stamp Act occurred. It’s a beautiful twist with the mother and father, and the other one is the Aspiration of the Great Spirit in front of the Museum of Fine Arts. It’s an Indian looking upwards and it represents what they believed in, which is nature and the power of multi-gods,” he said.
“When you see a modern one [statues], it’s inspiring, it’s alive. A lot of the sculptures incorporate characteristics of what the city was moving towards and personalities of who they’re after, like mayors,” Gallo added.
Symbolism is another praised characteristic of the sculptures and statues. And with Boston being one of the oldest cities in the United States, you can expect that there are no vapid monuments without representation.
“Quest Eternal on Boylston Street is a 700 ton monument of a naked man stretching. It symbolizes the aspiration of Boston for the time period when the Prudential Center was the tallest building. It was Boston’s first 50-story building, and the statue symbolizes development. Boston became a modern city whereas before it was more Gothic,” Gallo said.
But who were the sculptors erecting these progressive, symbolic statues, and where did they come from? The answer, Gallo divulged, lies in a city with deeper history than Boston’s cobbled streets could ever know—Rome, Italy.
“Rome has a direct influence on American sculpture,” Gallo said, who admits to Rome being his favorite European city. “Rome also has a direct influence on Boston. There’s a connection between Boston sculptors and Florence and Rome, and can be seen in MFA (Museum of Fine Arts).   The Democratic donkey on School Street was done in Florence. There’s just so much,” he said.
Speaking in between sips of hot chocolate at Caffe Paradisio on Hanover Street, Gallo dissected some of the sculptures in his book, piecing together art and history with each animated word.
“These things, although they’re monuments, have an influence on people, on architects, on mayors, to build and have an aspirational freedom and forward movement,” he said.

Like the monuments, Gallo also possesses a yearning to move forward, and will do so by creating more books. “I want to get to a second edition and put in more monuments that are coming up in Boston. I enjoy telling others the significance of monuments with respect to the history of Boston, and telling it through photography and art. But I want everything to flow. Harbor Fog, by Ross Miller, was too contemporary for first book. It’s a monument of granite stones from original wharfs, and in center are LED lights that blink off and on in different colors to represent harbor lights, and mist comes out to simulate fog, so when you’re walking, it seems like you’re walking through the harbor. It’s things like that that I’m going to be putting into the second book.”
Gallo would also love to extend his reach to Washington D.C. and New York City, which are cities he believes lack a colorful guide to their monuments. Even still, nowhere else in the country has monuments like there are in Boston, according to Gallo.

“Everything done in Boston was later done in other cities,” he said. “Boston is a European city. What people don’t understand is the reason why Boston was the most successful plantation is because of the harbor…It became an international trade center.
John Winthrop saw the importance and value of the deep waters of Boston Harbor, knowing the wharfs would be the stimulus for mercantile trade. If Gallo were to create his own statue, it would be placed in the location of Boston’s early success, and it would be a remake of Paul Revere.
“The Paul Revere statue is mythical, historical, and patriotic. I would put it where the Long Wharf Marriott is. Historically, that’s what I would do, in a more dynamic form,” Gallo said.
Gallo’s enlightening guide to all of Boston’s monuments serves as a way for people to look at statues not with empty eyes, but with a twinkle that can only come from knowledge of the history behind them. And if there is one thing Gallo knows, it’s Boston’s history.
“Boston is America, America is Boston” is Gallo’s trademarked phrase. “The concept of America started in Boston,” he said. “It was the first city to have churches and selectmen and towns. You had all these firsts. That statement has a lot of scholarly meaning.”
Although Gallo himself is not a scholar, historian, or artist, he is an educator for all of the above. “And that’s why I wrote this book,” he said.

“Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us” is available on Gallo’s website, local bookstores in Boston, and Boston’s Historical Society.