Monday, April 20, 2015

Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us: Boston Marathon Longest Continuous Running Event i...

Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us: Boston Marathon Longest Continuous Running Event i...: Boston Marathon Memorial (1996) Copley Sq. / Dartmouth St./ Boylston St. Robert Shure and Robert Lamb, Sculptors Mark Flannery, ...

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

Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us: Winthrop Lane Downtown Boston paved with brick siz...

Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us: Winthrop Lane Downtown Boston paved with brick siz...: Winthrop Lane / between Otis / Arch streets Kate Burke and Gregg Lefevre, Sculptors Bronze / Stone Used as pavers among...

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,

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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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Patriot- Bridge Newspaper Reprint of "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"

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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The annual Running of the Boston Marathon, Boston Monuments Boston Guide Books 2015.

The Tortoise & The Hare
Copley Square Nancy Schön, Sculptor Bronze
Tortoise and Hare, Copley Square, Boston, Mass Bronze on brick
Height: 3” Length 15’
Friends of Copley Square
Installed May 19,1993.

The Boston Marathon inspired the Creation of the Tortoise and Hare in Copley Square. Nancy Schön said, “I was born and grew up in Newton. The Boston Marathon has been part of my life as long as I can remember. The only marathons I haven’t watched were when I lived out of state. My family had friends who lived on Commonwealth Avenue about half way up Heartbreak Hill. We would go there every year and prepare orange slices and cups of water at a little stand that we created. There were no ‘official water stops’ then. I loved watching the men, there were only men then, as they sweated and pulled themselves up that long, long hill knowing that they would be able to finish the race if they could manage this tough climb. When I grew up, I became a runner, having always been an athlete. I didn’t do the Boston
Marathon, just the Bonnie Belle, but I ran all year round and loved the exhilaration that it elicited.

After watching the 1991 Marathon, I started thinking about what a sculpture might be like for the Boston Marathon, the oldest foot race in the United States. I wanted to create a sculpture that would be attractive to children, yet be a meaningful metaphor for the race. I knew the marathon was based on a Greek warrior who in 490 B.C. ran approximately 25 miles to announce the news of a great military victory.

 The Greek connection of using another kind of race, that of the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare created by Aesop ( ?620- 560 B.C.) came to mind. I couldn’t show a man running, or a woman, or a person in a wheelchair. It would be impossible to portray all the people from all over the world who run. The tortoise and the hare seemed a perfect metaphor to represent the wide variety of people who participate in the marathon people of all ages, shapes and sizes, many of whom finish, but walk over the finish line.

Some of the marathon runners I know run just to finish, they don’t expect to win, they are challenged and
want to have that wonderful sense of accomplishment. Persistence pays off. Slow and steady wins the race. They want to be a part of one of the most important sports event in the country. 1996 was the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon. I wanted to do something to commemorate that event.
I hope that children will cherish these animals pat them, hug them and learn the important lesson that the fable teaches. 

After all, children are our future and they are the runners and citizens of tomorrow.”
The Friends of Copley Square have sponsored this sculpture and they believed the fable was an ideal cou- pling of it and the Boston Marathon. The sculpture brings a needed human factor which is significant to the neigh- borhood and its children.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Florida Seminole Girl playing under a Palmetto frond Fort Lauderdale Florida. by Nilda Comas

This bronze monument, like so many created by intuned sensitive artists, helps this particular community make restitution through art. People need to remember the Seminole Indian Tribes were once here dominating this area before Europeons entered their land. This bronze statue is part of the wound healing process. Boston Bronze and Stone respects our native American brothers and sisters.

This article below has been reprinted from Brian Ballou ; South Florida Sun Sentinel
"A 12-foot tall life-sized bronze statue of a young Seminole Indian girl, base and palm fronds included, will be unveiled and dedicated Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

The monument, titled "Florida" will be located at Stranahan Landing, directly across the New River from the Stranahan House. 
"The statue and even the base are very symbolic, this has been quite a painstaking process that originated several years ago to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Florida," said William Riddle, president of the Venetian Arts Society based in Fort Lauderdale.
The statue depicts a young girl playing in the Everglades and holding palm fronds. The sculpture will have interactive features: information about the tribe accessible by waving a smart phone near the sculpture. The sculpture is 8 feet tall and the base is 4 feet. The sculpture cost $100,000, half of that amount provided by the Seminole Tribe and the other half raised through a sale of tiles that will adorn the base.
The event starts at noon, and will feature Seminole Tribal Chairman James Billie. The unveiling is scheduled for approximately 12:30 p.m.

"Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us"salutes the above sculpture and sculptress.

Artist Nilda Comas created the sculpture. She is the art curator for the society and became interested about four years ago in creating a sculpture to commemorate the state's anniversary. She worked on the piece for about a year."
Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us, salutes "Florida" a Seminole Girl