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Arthur Fiedler Memorial

Artist:

Ralph Helmick

Location:

Charles River Esplanade, across from Berkeley Bridge  

Location

Charles River Esplanade, across from Berkeley Bridge
United States
42° 21' 23.238" N, 71° 4' 31.764" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1984

Medium:

Aluminum

Collection:

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Funders:

Browne Fund

Description:

Local artist Ralph Helmick created this gigantic head from 83 sheets of aluminum to commemorate Arthur Fiedler, the conductor of the Boston Pops who catapulted the orchestra to worldwide fame during his 50-year tenure. Fiedler was born in Boston and attended the Boston Latin School before moving to Austria with his musician parents. He returned to Boston in early adulthood and joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Later, as conductor of the Pops, Fiedler aimed to make classical music more accessible and popular, and his outdoor summer concerts drew crowds of up to 400,000. This sculpture is located near the Hatch Shell, where the Pops play every Fourth of July. Helmick’s innovative construction gives Fiedler’s head a sense of movement or vibration, like the strings of a violin, which Fiedler played.

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