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North End Library Mosaics

Artist:

Tom O'Connell

Location:

25 Parmenter St., between Hanover St. and Salem St.  

Location

25 Parmenter St., between Hanover St. and Salem St.
United States
42° 21' 50.2524" N, 71° 3' 18.072" W

Neighborhood:

North End

Type:

Mosaic

Year:

2009

Medium:

Ceramic and concrete

Collection:

City of Boston / Boston Public Library

Funders:

Browne Fund

Description:

The Boston Public Library’s North End Branch was designed by architect Carl Koch in the 1960s. Located in front of the building is one of the city’s newest public art projects, completed in 2009. With stone benches shaped like quotation marks and a mosaic featuring symbols found on a keyboard, artist Tom O’Connell underscores the library’s function as facilitator of dialogue in our technological age. A chess table and new plants were also added during the plaza’s restoration, making the library a more inviting and versatile space for the North End community. Although the North End is known as an Italian neighborhood today, it has been home to a variety of populations, from Native Americans to immigrant groups originating in England, Ireland, and Central and Eastern Europe.

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