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Harold Connolly Tribute

Artist:

Pablo Eduardo

Location:

Taft Middle School  

Location

Taft Middle School
United States
42° 21' 0.8748" N, 71° 8' 46.788" W

Neighborhood:

Allston/Brighton

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2005

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Boston Public Schools

Funders:

Browne Fund

Description:

This sculpture commemorates Brighton native Harold Connolly, who won a gold medal in the Olympic Games of 1956. Over the course of his career, Connolly set five world records in his event, the hammer throw, despite having been born with a left arm significantly shorter and weaker than his right. Here, sculptor Pablo Eduardo depicts Connolly competing in the event, whirling to give his hammer the greatest possible momentum. Connolly was a graduate of Boston College and Boston Public Schools, including the William Howard Taft Middle School, where the sculpture is located. It was purposely placed on public school grounds to inspire young people to overcome difficulties and achieve success. The sculpture also symbolizes Connolly’s commitment to education: he taught in Santa Monica area schools for over thirty years and later went on to serve as executive director for the Special Olympics.

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