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  • Sleeping Moon, MBTA's Ashmont Station Plaza, Peabody Square, by Joseph Wheelwright
  • Sleeping Moon, MBTA's Ashmont Station Plaza, Peabody Square, by Joseph Wheelwright
  • Sleeping Moon, MBTA's Ashmont Station Plaza, Peabody Square, by Joseph Wheelwright

Sleeping Moon

Artist:

Joseph Wheelwright

Location:

Ashmont MBTA Station Plaza, Dorchester Ave. & Ashmont St.  

Location

Ashmont MBTA Station Plaza, Dorchester Ave. & Ashmont St.
United States
42° 17' 7.0152" N, 71° 3' 51.2172" W

Neighborhood:

Dorchester

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2010

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

Sleeping Moon is a wonderfully imaginative sculpture that combines our knowledge of the moon’s actual cratered surface with our imagining we can see in that surface the face of the Man in the Moon. The sculptor, Joseph Wheelwright takes these elements and gives us a crescent moon resting on its side and dozing until it’s time to return to patrolling the night skies. The bronze Sleeping Moon, nine feet long and five feet in diameter, is the culmination of a series of moon studies Wheelwright has been making since 1980. It was installed in Peabody Square near the Peabody Clock in 2010. Putting moon and clock together lets our ancient natural timekeeper resonate with our invented timekeeping device.

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