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Flagpole Base and Marvin E. Goody Memorial

Artist:

William D. Austen

Location:

Boston Public Garden, near Charles St.  

Location

Boston Public Garden, near Charles St.
United States
42° 21' 12.7476" N, 71° 4' 6.996" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1921

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Eagles on this sculpted bronze flagpole base spread their wings wide to show off their lush plumage. The birds provide both a decorative motif and a symbol of American power—fitting for an object intended to support the American flag. Around the flagpole, benches are arranged in honor of Marvin Goody, former chairman of the Boston Art Commission and Friend of the Public Garden and Common, as well as an MIT faculty member.

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