Monday, November 11, 2013

Fallen Knight


One of five "Armour Boys" by Laura Ford at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass. The bronze cast knights are scattered across the forest floor in various mangled poses.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moncton City Hall


The beautiful City Hall / Hôtel de Ville, in Moncton, New Brunswick.


And in front of the City Hall was a very cheerful and accomodating protester handing out pamphlets against hydrofracking in New Brunswick.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Arthur Fiedler

Statue of Arthur Fiedler on the Esplanade, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops (1930-1979). Fiedler established the Pops as a national icon. He moved the Pops beyond its origins in light-classical music into the world of pop culture, showcasing the popular artists of the day as well as the work of young American composers and arrangers. He organized the first free outdoor orchestral concerts on the Charles River Esplanade that led to Boston's now-famous Fourth of July concert. Here's another photo I posted in 2007.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Life Size


Abigail Adams and Phillis Wheatley



Lucy Stone

These statues are part of the Boston Women's Memorial on the mall on Commonwealth Ave. The Memorial celebrates three important contributors to Boston's rich history - Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phyllis Wheatley. Abigail Adams, served as confidant and advisor to her husband, President John Adams, and was a strong advocate of women’s rights. The poet Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American. Abolitionist and suffragist Lucy Stone was the first woman to keep her own last name after marriage and one of the first American women to earn a college degree.

The sculptures are by artist Meredith Bergmann and represent her thinking about public art. Unlike conventional statues that are larger than life and set upon pedestals, these statues are more human-sized and invite viewers to interact with them.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Construction Site


This is the old Filene's site currently under construction. You can see an overview of the construction in a picture posted earlier this week.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Good Grooming



A barbershop next door to a dog boutique. I liked the juxtaposition of the two grooming establishments side by side.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Street-side Dining



Two of the food trucks on the Rose Kennedy Greenway had people lining up for lunch on a sunny spring day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery


The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts conducted an exercise on the Boston Common yesterday afternoon, accompanied by other military units, past and present. This company was chartered in 1638 and was the first chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Ancient and honorable Artillery Company serves as Honor Guard to the Governor of Massachusetts, who serves as its Commander in Chief.


In the picture above you can see the smoke from the cannons after firing off a couple of volleys.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rebuilding Filene's


Work has begun on the old Filene's building in Downtown Crossing. A developer is going to build a $630 million complex of new offices, stores, and luxury homes. Good news for the blighted area of Downtown Crossing; it has been an eyesore for far too many years. Initial plans call for rebuilding the original Filene’s into a retail and office building. Some months later construction will begin for a 50 story tower containing apartments, condominiums and additional stores.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

BOSTONIA CIGARS


June Theme Day for the City Daily Photo Community is "The Beauty of Decay." You can view other interpretations of The Beauty of Decay by clicking here. My contribution is building that was in decay, but is being restored, but you can see echoes of its former life.

Friday, May 31, 2013

William Lloyd Garrison


William Lloyd Garrison was a prominent Boston Abolitionist, social reformer and journalist of the 19th century. He is best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States. Garrison was also a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Bench


Memorial Bench on Commonwealth Avenue. Inscription reads: In Memory of Rev. William Herbert Dewart, LHD 1862-1941 And of His Wife, Elizabeth Haven Dewart, 1877-1944. Bench location: near Dartmouth Street by the Vendome Fire Memorial on the Mall.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Liberty Hotel


The Charles Street Jail was closed in 1990 and acquired by neighboring Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The X-shaped jail building has been totally renovated and re-christened as the luxury four star Liberty Hotel. The Jail's historical facade of gray Quincy Granite has been kept and a few of the original jail cells have also been restored and are supposed to be on view in the hotel lobby area. Bars on the window have been kept to enhance the flavor of the original building; how Disneyesque of the developers. Spend a night in Jail with bars on the windows all for only $500-$1000 a night, though you might be able to get a lower price with one of their many specials. I've always thought it personally advantageous not spending time in Jail, except of course when playing the game of Monopoly.
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Slight reflection may be noticeable because I took the photo through glass from the Charles Street T Station.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day


A garden of nearly 33,000 flags has been setup on the Boston Common in observance of Memorial Day. Each flag in the display, which was sponsored by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, represents a fallen service member from Massachusetts. Another view of the flags on Light Impressions.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Brewer Fountain


Water in the fountain was finally turned on this week. One of my favorite subjects to photograph in the city made to look as I imagine it looked about 100 years ago. The 22-foot-tall, 15,000-pound bronze fountain, cast in Paris, was a gift to the city of Boston by Gardner Brewer in 1868. Copies of the fountain were made for the cities of Lyons and Bordeaux, and a copy was made for Said Pacha, a Viceroy of Egypt. Unfortunately, the Brewer Fountain is the only known surviving copy of the original featured at the 1855 Paris World Fair and designed by the artist Liénard. The fountain is decorated with the figures of Neptune, Amphitrite, and Acis and Galatea from Greek mythology.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Statue


Brewer Fountain. View from other side can be seen in an earlier photo, and another photo on Light Impressions here.