Learning, Religion and Industry
Three figurative sculptures representing Learning, Religion and Industry are located at Parkman Plaza along Tremont Street in the Boston Common, Boston, MA.
Sculptors Arcangelo Cascieri, Aido di Biccari, and landscape architects Shurcliff and Merrill created this plaza that honors George F. Parkman. Three separate bronze sculptures symbolizing Boston's leadership in the areas of learning, religion, and industry. Learning is represented by a seated man on a sphere with a compass in his right hand and an open book in his proper left. Religion is represented by a man kneeling with his arms extended downward and his face turned upward. Industry is represented by a man straddling a hemisphere formed of pentagons while using a jackhammer. Each is presented on a granite base. The sculptures were dedicated in 1961.
At the base of the Religion sculpture is the inscription:
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE F. PARKMAN 1823-1908
THROUGH WHOSE BENEFICENCE
LAFAYETTE MALL WAS IMPROVED
AND THIS PLAZA CREATED
BY HON. JOHN F. COLLINS
HON. JOHN HYMES
MAYORS OF BOSTON