New York based sculptor Meredith Gang Bergmann ’76, creator of the lifesized statues of historical Bostonians, will attend the 10th anniversary celebration of the unveiling of her “largest sculpture project to date,” the Boston Women’s Memorial. The celebration will be held on Oct. 27 on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston.
The subjects were chosen for their progressive ideas, commitment to social change, and writings that had significant historic impact. Bergmann’s statues, also, break with convention: Instead of standing above the street on a pedestal, Bergmann places Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phillis Wheatley level with pedestrians, using their pedestal as a seat or desk, inviting passersby to linger with them, to sit or rest against the stone.
Additionally, a video by Susan Wilson, made for one of the organizations that conceived the project, Boston Women’s Memorial: A Story in Images, commemorates the dedication on the occasion of the decade anniversary. “It begins with the installation of my sculptures and shows how well the Boston Women’s Memorial is used and loved today,” Bergmann explains.