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Star Pool

Artist:

Be Allen

Location:

 

Location

United States
42° 17' 10.3164" N, 71° 7' 43.5972" W

Neighborhood:

Roslindale

Type:

Mosaic

Year:

1987

Medium:

glass

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Description:

Star Pool is a circular mosaic sixteen feet in diameter in a walkway at the center of Adams Park. A burst of stars spreads across the mosaic to form arms of a spiral galaxy.  The materials used include granite, bluestone, and puddingstone. Twenty bronze stars randomly scattered over the galaxy commemorate Roslindale residents who fought and died in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. As a further connection with the neighborhood, mementoes of Roslindale’s past are incorporated in the mosaic, such as bits of old bottles from Taft’s Tavern, a piece of the chemical fire engine used at the Bussey Bridge disaster, an ice pick from the old Metropolitan Ice Company, a bronze disc with the Masonic symbol, and another with the American Legion insignia. Star Pool is the work of Be Allen, whose design was chosen in a public art competition. The mosaic was dedicated in 1987.

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