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Edward Everett Square statues to receive thorough cleaning

Posted by Patrick Rosso  August 24, 2012 12:53 PM

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Laura Baring-Gould repainting the inscriptions around the giant pear sculpture.


Over the past couple of days people commuting through Edward Everett Square might have noticed that the giant pear and the smaller statues in the square that welcome them to the neighborhood have been getting a thorough cleaning.

The yearly maintenance performed by Laura Baring-Gould, the artist who sculpted the bronze behemoth and its smaller companions, will be taking place throughout the week, as Gould buffs the bronze, repaints the inscriptions and polishes the plaques.

“This work really helps the pieces look beautiful but it’s also a great time to interact with the community and talk about the artwork,” Gould said Thursday afternoon.

The pear, which was installed in 2007, joined by the rest of the smaller statues in 2010, takes residents on a tour of neighborhood history from the giant pear, representing the orchards that once inhabited Dorchester to the smaller statues that tell the stories of past residents and historical figures.

“What’s really great is that everybody now uses the artwork for directions,” said Gould, who is based out of Somerville. “I’ll hear people say ‘take a right at the pear, you can’t miss it.’”

The work may be hard and the sun at times scorching, but Gould said she is always happy to help preserve her artwork.

“You don’t expect to see something like this here,” said Gould. “It’s about celebrating the history of the community. Every place should be celebrated.”

With the 12-foot pear statue looming over Gould as she worked, providing the artist a little shade, Gould said she hopes that the pear and the history is tells will be around in 100 years.

“The pear is a link to the past,” said Gould. “We all came from different places we all brought our own history and made Boston and Dorchester home. In 100-years I will be gone but that pear will still be here and that’s what’s amazing. This is an artifact we will leave behind.”

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Laura Baring-Gould repainting the inscriptions around the giant pear sculpture.

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