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Statler Fountain

Artist:

Ulysses Ricci

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Fountain

Year:

1930

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Hotel Statler Company

Description:

The Statler Fountain was given to Boston by the Hotel Statler Company to grace a small park beside its hotel, now the Park Plaza Hotel. Created in 1930, the Art Deco fountain consists of a large granite basin, which is supported by a tall, bronze center column and three surrounding legs, decorated with semi-draped male figures and terminating in lions’ paws. At the center of the basin stands a rail-thin, bronze female figure, wearing her hair in thick braids. A cape-like garment falls from her shoulders and encloses her in its folds. She holds up a small basin in her raised hands. She appears to be the Biblical personification of hospitality offering a drink of cool water to the weary traveler. The figure and the fountain’s bronze decorations are the work of the sculptor Ulysses Ricci. The fountain no longer flows, and its base has found a new use as a flowerbed.

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