Doughboy Ready

This Sculpture, completed by John Paulding in 1929, stands in Raymond Park of East Hartford to commemorate the soldiers who fought in World War I. The large bronze sculpture features a male soldier standing in an asymmetrical position, as if he were “ready” to begin motion once again. He holds a rifle in his left hand […]

Beehive Bridge

The Beehive Bridge is a vibrant display of yellow and orange hues, with metal detailing that highlights the overt allusion to a beehive, emblematic of the Bee mascot of the industrious city of New Britain. The bridge’s side panels create a “honeycomb” shape of fluid curved motion. There are also abstract sculptures of bees on […]

Black Lives Matter Mural Hartford (2020)

The Hartford Black Lives Matter street painting was created on July 26, 2020 as part of the nationwide protest movement “Black Lives Matter” that erupted following the wide media circulation of cell-phone images of the May 25, 2020 strangulation of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street under the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin. The […]

Kensington Civil War Soldiers Monument Obelisk

The Kensington Soldiers Monument by Nelson Augustus Moore was created in July, 1863 while the Civil War was still being fought. It was one of the earliest Civil War monuments and the first in Connecticut. Egyptian style obelisks were the accepted form of memorial monuments up to the mid-1860s following a tradition established in France […]

Stone Field, 1977

Carl Andre’s Stone Field sculpture is a triangular arrangement of thirty-six boulders of varying material in eight rows placed on a sloping site in the heart of the city. The conception for this site sculpture is two-fold. On the one hand, its formal arrangement was inspired by the tombstones in the adjacent Center Church Cemetery and […]

Stegosaurus, 1973

Calder’s Stegosaurus is exemplary of his “stabiles” produced after 1937. Named for a dinosaur from the Wyoming and Colorado regions, Calder’s Stegosaurus is the culmination of a sixty-six year project which began with a grant to the city of Hartford by Ella Burr McManus.  According to Mrs. McManus’ wishes, “the most gifted and competent sculptor […]
Alden Gordon, 2012 photograph of Calder Stegosaurus,

Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford

Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Archdiocese of Connecticut. The building at 955 Main Street is an historic gothic revival design of the 1820’s by the architect Ithiel Town, who also designed the original castellated Wadsworth Atheneum. The Morgan family were devout Episcopalians and were closely associated with Episcopal archdiocese of […]
Interior Christ Church Cathedral

Doctor Gallaudet and His First Deaf Mute Pupil

The statue at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT depicts Doctor Gallaudet and His First Deaf Mute Pupil. It was designed in 1888 by artist Daniel Chester French and was originally cast in 1889 for the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a pioneer in education for […]
Dr Gallaudet and His First Deaf Mute Pupil by D. C. French 1924

West Hartford Veterans Memorial

The Connecticut Veterans Memorial in West Hartford is dedicated to all Armed Services members who served in America’s wars from King Philip’s War (1675) to the 21st Century Global War on Terror. The monument was designed in 2002-2003 by Vincent Stryeski of Kaestle Boos Associates, New Britain. Stryeski and a group of summer interns at […]

Wadsworth Atheneum: Morgan Memorial Building

The third building built in the Wadsworth Atheneum complex was the Morgan Memorial Building. Hartford-born financier, J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) proposed the gift in 1907 and gave $500,000. Morgan acquired parcels of land adjacent to the Wadsworth Atheneum to build an addition to the museum as a memorial in honor of his father, Junius Spencer […]