Category Archive: Adventures in public art

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The Pulitzer fountain, dedicated in 1916 on the south side of Grand Army Plaza in New York City, is the result of a $50,00 gift from Joseph Pulitzer. It was created by Austrian… Read More

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Daniel Chester French’s 1885 tribute to John Harvard is the focal point of Harvard Yard and the preferred photo op of incoming students, who handle his feet so frequently that the patina of… Read More

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Virtually every New England town has their version of a Civil War monument, but few are as dramatic as this one in Claremont, New Hampshire. In contrast to the standard stoic and heroic… Read More

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  Sculpted as Maine’s contribution to the Court of States at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, Victor Kahill’s bronze of an iconic lobsterman was not actually cast until 1975. When funds for… Read More

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Joshua Norton (1819-1880) was a San Francisco businessman who first lost his fortune then his mind, declaring himself Emperor of the United States. San Francisco, being San Francisco, was behind him all the way.… Read More

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Hannah Duston, the original North Shore tough girl Located in Haverhill Massachusetts, this 1861 monument is believed to be the first public statue depicting a woman to be erected in the United States.… Read More

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There was nothing subtle about life in the west in 1868. When the city of Santa Fe erected this sandstone and marble monument in the town plaza, years of multifaceted conflict had shaped… Read More

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The changing face of historic Route 1: For over fifty years a beloved whale beckoned hungry motorists to Yoken’s restaurant in Portsmouth NH with its rhythmically flipping pink neon tail and a spray… Read More

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  The sprawling Mission Inn in Riverside, California was the dream of eccentric art collector Frank Miller. For over thirty years he salvaged and copied European architectural elements of questionable compatibility to create… Read More

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The Los Angeles Zoo (not to be confused with the Selig Zoo, more on that another time) was founded in Griffith Park Canyon in 1912, and had a menagerie of only fifteen animals on opening day.… Read More

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