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


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.