Administered by City of Boston Office of Cultural Affairs Boston City Hall, Room 716 Boston Massachusetts 02201
Located Commonwealth Avenue Mall Charlesgate East Boston Massachusetts
1885. Dedicated Oct. 29, 1887
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An elaborate red sandstone base carved in the shape of a Norse ship is topped by a standing bronze portrait of Leif Eriksson with his proper left hand raised to shield his eyes as he looks into the distance. In his proper right hand he holds a telescope against his hip. He is dressed in Viking armor and carries a small knife strapped to his belt. The sculpture rests atop a square red sandstone base which rests in the middle of what was once a granite fountain pool. The sandstone base is carved at the bottom in the shape of a Norse sailing ship complete with dragon figurehead. The lower corners of the base are carved with fish heads and around the top are two bands of relief carvings. A bronze relief plaque set into the right side of the base depicts Eriksson and his men landing on American shores and a bronze relief plaque set into the left side of the base depicts Eriksson in a banquet hall relating the story of his discoveries. The sandstone base rises from the center of an oval granite fountain basin adorned with two sets of steps.