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  • Edward Everett Sq. Pear
  • Edward Everett Sq. Pear
  • Edward Everett Sq. Brickwork
  • Edward Everett Sq. Telephone Pedestal
  • Edward Everett Sq. Shoe Pedestal
  • Edward Everett Sq. Fruit Pedestal

Dorchester Voices/ Dorchester History


Laura Baring Gould


Edward Everett Sq., at Massachusetts Ave. and Columbia Rd.  


Edward Everett Sq., at Massachusetts Ave. and Columbia Rd.
United States










City of Boston


Browne Fund


“Its skin is a little tough. But inside, it’s sweet as butter.” According to local artist Laura Baring-Gould, the Clapp pear is a “fitting metaphor for the people of Dorchester” and a unique symbol of the neighborhood’s history. This variety of pear was first cultivated in 1830 at the Clapp family farm, located two blocks from Edward Everett Square, now a bustling urban intersection. In the course of designing the sculpture, Baring-Gould collaborated with the Dorchester Historical Society to collect the oral histories of a diverse variety of neighborhood residents. She also conducted research in local archives and museums and held over a hundred meetings with civic leaders to discuss how her work should represent the Dorchester community.

While the pear represents Dorchester and its people as a whole, Baring-Gould has created a series of smaller sculptures to highlight the individual stories of the Dorchester residents she’s come to know. Life-sized renditions of everyday objects—a baseball mitt, oyster shells, a telephone—illustrate their professions and pastimes. At the base of each sculpture, quotations from Dorchester residents, both living and long gone, hint at the significance of these objects.

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