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Harbor Shoreline

Artist:

Ross Miller

Location:

Faneuil Hall Plaza, at Congress St. and North St.  

Location

Faneuil Hall Plaza, at Congress St. and North St.
United States
42° 21' 35.9964" N, 71° 3' 24.768" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Relief sculpture

Year:

1996

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Over the past 375 years, the site we now know as Faneuil Hall has been dramatically transformed, from salty tidal marsh to harbor wharf to active urban plaza. In order to build the original Faneuil Hall, the colonists filled in parts of the surrounding water with dirt, creating additional land. The site was expanded again several decades later. Numerous sections of the city’s current land were created through landfill, including most of South Boston and the entire Back Bay. In fact, colonial Boston was less than half the size the city is now. A new public artwork in the South End entitled LandWave, will mark the narrow isthmus that once led visitors to Boston.

Local artist Ross Miller has demarcated the original Boston Harbor of 1630 by etching the old shoreline onto the present site. Also included are images of materials that might be found at the high-tide line, such as sea grass, shells, fish, and old rope. These elements have a subtle yet profound effect, bringing the geographical boundaries of the past to our feet in the present.

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