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Flagpole Base

Artist:

William D. Austen

Location:

Boston Public Garden  

Location

Boston Public Garden
United States
42° 21' 16.9236" N, 71° 4' 7.8636" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Architectural Element

Year:

1921

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

The Public Garden flagpole rises from an elaborately tiered base: granite blocks supporting a bronze pole-holder, each of the holder’s four faces carrying an eagle with its wings spread wide and an olive branch in its right claw. The level below the eagles features swags hanging from leaf-work scroll corners. The base, intended as a World War I memorial, was designed by the sculptor William D. Austen (1856-1944). Originally erected in 1921, the flagpole base was moved to the Public Garden’s Charles Street side in 1933.

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