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Dorchester Clapp Pear with base and inscriptions as new community landmark

The base of the sculpture is inscribed with six quotes that describe the Dorchester Clapp Pear, and offer rich descriptive metaphors for the community. Bob Mottolo and training supervisors from Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman’s Local 3 Training Center generously donated their expertise to install the cobblestone base of the artwork. The six quotes which introduce the artwork are:

Dorchester’s Clapp Pear
First Grown Here 1840’s.

“The soil of Dorchester is rocky but fertile and exceedingly productive.”
Hayward’s Gazetteer 1839

“The trees are vigorous in growth and take 15 years to reach full production.”
Clapp Pear grower, 1887

“The Circle of Life - Mother Earth and the People”
Massachuset-Ponkapoag Tribal Council, 2007

“An exceptionally sweet early pear with good flavor and tough skin.”
Clapp Pear description, 2003

“We played in the street because our mothers grew fruits and vegetables in the yard.”
Dorchester resident, 1958

“Plant a pear for an heir.”
Farming proverb

Images courtesy of Laura Baring-Gould