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    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Public Art Is All Over Boston University. Stop and Appreciate It

    1. I believe the pumpkin, and the other ‘unknown artist’ granite sculptures of the lantern style objects are all by Ed Monti. They all used to be together in a stone garden that was located where the large BU Law School Redstone Building sits today. Although Ed also did animals (I’ve seen his seals and dolphins) the cat sculpture may or may not be done by him. It is a little bit too ‘real’ for his typical artwork, which was usually more abstract. I lived for over 20 years about /14 mile from Monti Granite in West Quincy, and saw many of his monuments, ornate carvings, and sculptures in the display yard area across from the stone shed.

  1. BU campus needs more sculptures
    They have a calming effect especially in an urban campus
    I would love to see statue of Alexander Graham Bell. His contribution contributed to engineering, speech and hearing and communication .
    Others:Statues of the founders and revolutionary heros such as John and Abigail Adams placed at junction if kenmire square and bu campuspage
    Question: when I was at Bu 1973-77 the King memorial on Marsh looked rusty. Did they paint it or is the black color part of oxidation

    1. I believe the MLK statue/sculpture is made from Cor-ten Steel, which gets a surface layer of rust, which then acts as a protective coating to prevent further corrosion. Many bridges over gorges are made with it, so they never have to be painted. When Marsh Plaza was renovated years ago, and the sculpture’s base was enhanced, I’m not sure if the University decided to add a coating at that time.

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