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Asaroton

Artist:

Mags Harries

Location:

Haymarket, at Hanover St. and Blackwell St.  

Location

Haymarket, at Hanover St. and Blackwell St.
United States
42° 21' 43.038" N, 71° 3' 24.2568" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Inlaid sculpture

Year:

1976

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Browne Fund

Description:

Asaroton, meaning “unswept floor,” refers to an ancient Roman floor mosaic technique. Look down to find bronze pieces embedded in the concrete, illustrating scraps left on the ground at closing time of the food market held here.Set in Boston’s busy Haymarket neighborhood, Asaroton, 1976 focuses interest downwards to create an intimate experience of discovery.  For four days of the week the site hosts a famous open-air produce market.  The embedded bronze pieces replicate the trash and debris that might normally cover the street.  When the  stalls and real debris of the farmer’s market cover the art, it becomes part of a living experience.  On the other days of the week it is a memory of the market.

During the “Big Dig” the installation was removed and relocated to the Boston Science Museum where it remained for 10 years. After the Central Artery construction was completed near Haymarket, the work was rededicated in 2006 with new pieces, including pineapples and portabella mushrooms created by the original sculptor Mags Harries.

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