BC: Boston/ Cambridge Trip Itinerary Monday: Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial Irish Famine Memorial Holocaust Memorial Lunch in the North End Armenian Genocide Memorial on Rose Kennedy Greenway Tuesday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Reading Room at Boston University “Free at Last” Sculpture 9/11 Memorial on the Public Garden “Dear Boston” Exhibit of the Marathon Bombing Memorial at the Boston Public Library Lunch in Back Bay Civil War memorial on Boston Common Wednesday: Exploration of the Holocaust Museum online exhibits Viewing of “The Long Walk Home” Walk to the Sarah Pryor Memorial in Hannah Williams Park Lunch Thursday: Irish Famine Memorial on Cambridge Common Civil War Memorial on Cambridge Common George Washington Memorial on Cambridge Common Prince Hall Memorial on Cambridge Common Sanders Theater Harvard Peabody Museum Lunch in Harvard Square
FC: BOSTON | By: Dmitry Ilin | OUR AMAZING JOURNEY
1: 54th Regiment Our first stop when we came to Boston was the 54th Regiment. The monument is right across from the Massachusetts State House. As you can see the monument has a group of soldiers marching with one soldier on a horse centered on the monument. This monument, in my opinion is really bold, I think this is partially because it’s very straight forward. It has some symbolism like the eagles on the sides (which you cannot see in this image) and also the olive leaves (you also can’t see them in this image) but the memorial is more information based due to the large plaques covered in writing in front of the monument. I feel that the creator succeeded in his/her task because the memorialis very well planned and well made. | Our second stop that day was the Irish Famine memorial. The memorial has 2 statues of the same family, one is starving and one is, as you can see, just a normal looking family. The memorial in my opinion is very subtle since you don’t actually realize what it means until you look at it longer. I realized that this is just one family and that the memorial shows their transformation from starving in Ireland to moving to America and having a happier life. The creator succeeded because he showed the transformation of a families life after they moved to America in a very creative way.
2: Our final stop that day was the Holocaust memorial. The Holocaust memorial is composed of 6 tall glass towers which are covered in numbers, representing all of those killed in the Holocaust. Also once you step inside the glass towers, you stand on a grill with steam coming out of it and if you look down you will see lights turning on and off. Each of the glass towers represents a concentration camp and the numbers represent the people from that concentration camp. The memorial has a very deep feel to it and when I walked through it I could feel the sadness course through me. So in my opinion the creator of this memorial succeeded in creating a very sad atmosphere around this memorial. And for me this memorial was also a place to think and reflect on the past. | Our first stop the next day was the “Free at Last” sculpture which was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. The sculpture, as you can see above, is 50 black doves made out of pieces of metal. In my opinion the memorial was magnificent because of the amount of symbolism, and I thought since a dove is a love bird, that they represented MLK’s idea of loving your enemy and also doves are usually released at weddings, so here the doves represent unity for the 50 states since there is 50 doves. I believe that the creator succeeded in creating and effective memorial because the first time I laid eyes on it, it made me think of MLK and I still can’t figure out what made me think of him.
3: Our first stop the next day was the “Free at Last” sculpture which was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. The sculpture, as you can see above, is 50 black doves made out of pieces of metal. In my opinion the memorial was magnificent because of the amount of symbolism, and I thought since a dove is a love bird, that they represented MLK’s idea of loving your enemy and also doves are usually released at weddings, so here the doves represent unity for the 50 states since there is 50 doves. I believe that the creator succeeded in creating and effective memorial because the first time I laid eyes on it, it made me think of MLK and I still can’t figure out what made me think of him. | On wednesday we didn’t go to Boston so we visited a memorial her in Wayland. This memorial is not obvious from a first glance, or even if you look at it longer... unless you read the plaque that tells the story about Sarah Pryor, a girl who was kidnapped and then later killed in Wayland and so this memorial was built to honor Sarah. The memorial is a dog barking at an empty sled. The creator of this memorial succeeded in my opinion since this memorial kept the memory of Sarah very well in our heads.
4: JULY 2014 | We went to a temporary memorial for the Boston Marathon bombing in the boston public library. In this image we are standing in front of a big collection of running shoes donated to this memorial. A lot of these shoes have different motivational messages written on them to support the people injured during the bombing. The memorial had lot’s of different sentimental items sent here even from other countries to support Boston. I think that we should make a permanent memorial dedicated to the marathon Bombing. And this temporary memorial has really struck me and was one of the more interesting memorials we’ve seen in my opinion. | On wednesday we didn’t go to Boston so we visited a memorial her in Wayland. This memorial is not obvious from a first glance, or even if you look at it longer... unless you read the plaque that tells the story about Sarah Pryor, a girl who was kidnapped and then later killed in Wayland and so this memorial was built to honor Sarah. The memorial is a dog barking at an empty sled. The creator of this memorial succeeded in my opinion since this memorial kept the memory of Sarah very well in our heads.
5: On Wednesday we also saw the movie: The Long Walk Home. In the movie a black maid in a white house joins the bus boycott so she cannot get to her employer's house, so the lady of the house starts picking the maid up and the man of the house is not happy. The most important fact about this movie is that the maid’s employer ends up joining the bus boycott and starts carpooling people who are participating in the boycott as well. And so my favorite part of the movie was when the maid’s employer, Mary Ann joins the carpool for people participating in the bus boycott even though it’s against her husband’s beliefs and the likes of him. | This is the civil war memorial on Cambridge Common. The memorial has 2 statues of Abraham Lincoln, one at the very top and one lower. As you can see in the image, the memorial is also surrounded in plaques, and is very similar to the one in Boston. This memorial is a lot better looked after since it has the fence around it. The memorial has lot’s of images and symbolism. And the creator succeeded in creating a beautiful memorial, which is the result of deliberate and well planning.
6: Who doesn’t love a playground! And it sure did wake up the inner child in us! The playground was a great way for us to relax after a very intense 2 days. But the way you find out you’re too old is when you end up falling off of the equipment, and sadly this was the case with me, but it was still amazing to share the experience with friends. | I think I can speak for everyone when I say that starbucks was the main attraction of the trip, because we went there every single day. It is sure great to have your daily morning coffee. Although in my house we study the way of hot water and a teabag, it sometimes helps to go the more fancy way of frappe’s, mocha’s, latte’s, and iced latte’s, and what better place is there to go than starbucks.
7: The train was a great place to relax on in the morning while we’re still sleepy or to reflect on the day that has just gone by. Although I may not look very pleased in this picture, I can assure you that at that time I was still cheery just the way I was through the whole trip. To tell you the truth I was surprised with the train, I actually expected an old crammed train car with no place to sit, but instead what we got was an open large comfortable 2 story car with barely any other human beings and comfortable seats. | Also an awesome part about this trip was just being able to walk and talk to my friends about just fun things in general. And so walking was really a great part of the trip since we weren’t exactly rushing to the places we were going and this was better in my opinion than riding around Boston in a car or bus.
8: And of course how could I forget... THE CANNONS!!!!... I mean.... the people! I got to know one new person over this trip and she seemed pretty fun, along with the people who I’ve known since like 4 years ago and people from just 4 days. So the people I was with really made this trip just so much more fun.
9: Hunger We are sitting on a pedestal, dressed in rags. Thin and dying. Hopeless. Starving. Crying. We are standing on a pedestal, Happy. Working. And no longer crying. On these pedestals we sit and stand. Our families encased in metal. The migration a land of hunger, To a land of opportunity. Never to struggle again. | Free Cloud of metal. The birds fly. 50 stationary doves. And 50 states. The black love birds fly. For a dream enforced by love. His dream lives on. The one so many followed. The one that killed. The one that gave life, To a new nation. The one he died for. No more violence. No more pain. A time of piece is now. A time to think, And to unite. Reflect on the history of of us. The dreams we've killed The dreams we have created. | Numbers I stand. I stare. I am saddened, To think of those we lost. The number covered glass. I look down to a sea of lights, Blinking in the steam. But the deed is done, And we cannot change the past. But the memory will stay with us forever. Never again. | Poems From Sights!