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Immanent Circumstance

Artist:

Howard Ben Tre

Location:

Post Office Sq. Park, at Congress St. and Milk St.  

Location

Post Office Sq. Park, at Congress St. and Milk St.
United States
42° 21' 23.5296" N, 71° 3' 20.934" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculptural fountain

Year:

1992

Medium:

Cast low-expansion glass

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Browne Fund

Description:

At lunchtime, the Norman P. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square hosts a crowd of businesspeople eager for a few minutes away from the office. Among the park’s permanent residents are two fountains designed by Rhode Island artist Howard Ben Tré. Together, they form a unified installation, composed of a 12-foot-tall circular fountain in the park’s north plaza and a an urn-like structure in the south plaza. With their minimalist, abstract designs and glass surfaces, the fountains fit in well with the contemporary buildings surrounding the square while, also evoking traditional forms: a garden gazebo and a piece of classical pottery. Ben Tré has received numerous commissions for public art, including a fountain for the Mary Baker Eddy Library, located in Back Bay.

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