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Nancy, A Passage of Time


Rick Lee


Corner of Franklin st. and Arch st.  


Corner of Franklin st. and Arch st.
United States








Cor-ten steel



Bertram and Ronald Druker


The Druker family commissioned this sculpture in honor of their deceased daughter and sister, Nancy, who was killed at age 25 in a car accident in 1975. They donated the piece to the city and dedicated it on May 30th, 1978 - Nancy’s birthday. Although the sculpture might be said to resemble an open book, it is primarily abstract. The three materials used to create it—stainless steel, Cor-Ten steel, and the pink granite base—create contrast in the work’s surface as the Cor-Ten half rusts with exposure to the elements, and the stainless half resists that decay. The Cor-Ten surface, then, marks the passage of time as it corrodes, alluding to our collective mortality, while the stainless element retains its sheen, as does Nancy’s memory through this memorial.


Due to upcoming construction at the Government Center MBTA station, the sculpture Nancy, A Passage of Time  will need to be temporarily  relocated from Scolley Square to Franklin street and Arch street.  This piece was donated by the Druker family. We worked with the BRA, and both the family and the artist to plan the relocation of the artwork. 

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