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Boston, Massachusetts: Asaroton: Trash in the Pavement

Artist Mags Harries embedded bronze trash in pavement in 1976 and it's still here. Refreshed with new bronze garbage in 2021.

100 Hanover St., Boston, MA
The artwork stretches across Blackstone St. just southeast of its intersection with Hanover St.
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Bronze trash.

Asaroton Trash Sculpture

Bronze trash commemorates the farmers' market at Blackstone and Hanover Streets. Created by artist Mags Harries, "Asaroton" was initially installed as part of Boston's American Bicentennial celebration in 1976. The piece derives from ancient Roman floor mosaics that create the illusion of debris from a banquet littering the floor.

[Donna Otto, 11/11/2023]

Harries embedded bronze banana peels and other trash in the pavement as an artistic statement on the produce market that often litters the artwork with real garbage. Renovated and reinstalled in 2006, then refurbished in 2021 with new bronze garbage added.

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