Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
GPS: N42° 21.000 W71° 05.110
The statue of former President of Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, is located on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Hereford Street and Gloucester Street in the Back Bay of Boston.
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento was the President of Argentina from 1868 to 1874. Deeply influenced by Boston educator. Horace Mann, he was a strong advocate for the development of public education in Argentina. In 1973, the government of Argentina delivered this sculpture as a a gift to the City of Boston in recognition of their friendship and cooperation.
A 10' by 4' by 3.25' textured bronze statue of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento depicts the Argentinian president standing with his arms by his sides on a 5' high by 4.75' square concrete base rising from a landscaped area. Sarmiento is wearing a suit with a scarf slung over his right shoulder. The sculpture was created by Ivette Compagnion Ivette, cast by Fundicion Sarruly Buthhass, and installed on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall in May 1973.
A bronze plaque at the base of the statue is inscribed:
DOMINGO F. SARMIENTO
1811 - 1888
PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA DIPLOMAT
WRITER FATHER OF THE ARGENTINE
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND FRIEND OF
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE ARGENTINE
REPUBLIC TO THE CITY OF BOSTON.
BOSTON MAY 1973