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Rotch Library Exhibit

Yards of Faith

April 5, 2016 - May 31, 2016

Yard saint in Medford“Living on the Somerville/Medford line, I have been fascinated by the statues of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and various saints that often decorate the yards in the neighborhood. In an era where one’s religious conviction is a private matter, I am drawn to these public proclamations of faith from a previous generation that is often the first on this side of the Atlantic. The shrines have been placed in commemoration of a loved one, of a promise made to God in a time of stress, or as a simple reminder of faith. Some of them are maintained with great care while others have fallen into neglect. They may be left behind to new owners that keep them in the yard out of respect or they disappear with a developer’s eye on modernizing. In photographing these shrines, I have strived to show them in the context of the neighborhood. They are part of the flavor of the area that is in a state of flux.”

Location: Main Gallery + Reading Room Columns