More memorials, monuments, statues and public art may be in store for the North End / Waterfront area. There are currently two major statues in the neighborhood including the equestrian sculpture of Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin in the Prado and Christopher Columbus at the waterfront park. The Massachusetts Beirut Memorial is also located at Christopher Columbus Park. (Local tip to impress your friends: stand in the center of the circular Beirut Memorial, speak loudly and listen for an interesting echo).
Below is a rundown of some of the proposals being discussed in the North End / Waterfront area:
A North End Immigrant Memorial is being pursued by the St. Joseph’s Society for North Square. With support from the Browne Fund, the group is working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Art Commission. The society has solicited several artists for proposals. One of the sculptors, Gillian Christy, has displayed her concept on a website for a North End Immigrant Memorial. The finalist in this process was Ernesto Montenegro. However, society members said they have not selected any design yet and will approach the community in the future. As part of its efforts, the society held several cultural unity events as part of its annual feast celebration.
Tony DeMarco Statue – Proposed by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – New England Chapter. The Flame & Fury of Fleet Street and former welterweight boxing champion has just released a new book with his memoirs. (See Tony DeMarco Receives Italian-American Award and Releases Memoirs at 2011 Fisherman’s Feast). A fundraiser is scheduled this fall to raise money for a commissioned statue in the North End.
Public Art at Christopher Columbus Park – A new initiative was announced this year by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park to install an art sculpture in the circle area on the Marriott side of the park. Several members have already started working on this project and look forward to bringing more information to officials and the neighborhood in the near future.
Monument to Sacco & Vanzetti – The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society seeks to establish a monument in the North End to honor the two Italian immigrants and avowed anarchists, who were convicted in 1923 and executed in 1927 for a pair of murders during an armed robbery in Braintree, although their alibis placed them far from the robbery.
In 2007, a plaque was reinstalled at 256 Hanover Street, the place where the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee functioned from 1925 to 1927. (See this 1999 Globe article on the proposed memorial where a location at DeFilippo Park is mentioned.)
Fisherman’s Memorial – A plaque or structure is being pursued by the Society of Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca on the harbor side of Christopher Columbus Park, the site of the former T Wharf. The society hosts an annual blessing of the fishing waters at Christopher Columbus Park as part of the Fisherman’s Feast.
Public Art on the Greenway – The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has begun research and planning for additional public art throughout the Greenway parks. To date, most installations have been toward Rowes Wharf and points south. (See Public Art is a New Focus for the Greenway.) Also on the Greenway, the Armenian Heritage Memorial Park is under construction with an expected completion date in mid-2012.
Art on the Paul Revere Mall – The Prado is due to be refurbished in the coming years (See our previous post: NEWRA Parks Committee Focuses on the Prado). In addition to simply fixing it up, local artist Nate Swain has discussed adding some art installations on the blank brick walls.
Memorial on Paul Revere Mall, Prado, for Patrolman Andrew Cuneo, the 1st Italian-American Boston Police killed in the line of duty in 1921. (See Memorial Dedication on Prado for Patrolman Andrew B. Cuneo, 1st Italian American Boston Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty.)
Do you know of other proposals that are not mentioned above? If so, please let us know in the comment section below.