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John Harvard, I Presume

Welcome to Harvard! There is much ado about this statue of John Harvard and his famous foot. Supposedly rubbing it brings luck and students line up before exams. And tourists line up…boy, do they line up! I’ve sat in Harvard Yard on a sunny day and watch group after group from all over the world come by to rub his foot. The thing is that this is a college, and college kids, being college kids, tend to have a bit of fun by doing nasty and vile things to said foot. So if you want to rub the foot, I suggest a bit of anti-bacterial gel.

Oh, and the sculptor had no idea what John Harvard looked like when he made this. All drawings and paintings of him were destroyed in a fire. We are not really sure who this looks like.

The Maestro


This statue is situated in a very fitting spot, on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, near the location where the Boston Pops play summer concerts. This is Arthur Fiedler who conducted the Pops for many years. In 1976, our country’s bicentennial year, he and some others decided to put on a concert. Someone told him that if he played the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, they could arrange for the cannons and church bells that are to accompany the piece. What followed was an amazing show that is now repeated each year. Local church bells ring, the army fires howitzers and fireworks are shot off from a barge. Arthur Fiedler started it all and for years was synonymous with the Boston Pops.

Citizen Soldier


The actual title of this statue is Minute Man by Daniel Chester French. It is at the Old North Bridge in Concord Massachusetts. The minute men were the local militia who faced off against the British regulars in our Revolutionary War. The soldier pictured here is the epitome of the citizen-soldier with one hand holding his flintlock musket and the other resting on his plow.

Glouster Fisherman’s Memorial

Glouster Fishermans Memorial - BW

Looking out over the sea in Glouster, Massachusetts, the inscription reads: “Memorial to the Glouster Fisherman, August 23, 1923” and “They that go down to the sea in ships 1623-1923.” It was designed by English sculptor Leonard F. Craske (1882-1950).

Make Way for Duckings

This sculpture in Boston’s Public Garden was inspired by Robert McCloskey’s book Make Way for Duckings about a family of ducks living on an island in the lagoon in the garden. It looks like they have been dressed for spring. You have to get there awfully early to get images without lots of children crowding the ducks.

Bill Russell Tribute Statue

Gracing the southern side of Boston’s City Hall Plaza is this tribute to Bill Russell.  What I really appreciate is that it highlights not just his achievements on the basketball court with the Boston Celtics but also his work for civil and human rights.  Some wonderful values are reflected here.

Swan Boats and the Public Garden

The secret to making images of the swan boats is to pick a location with some nice elements in the background and then wait for the boats to pass by. They travel on a circular route every few minutes, so you never wait long. Cheers =)