The monumental head of Arthur Fiedler, a long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, was completed in 1984, and dedicated on June 30 of that year. The aluminum sculpture is made of 83 plates and stands approximately 6.5 ft. tall. It rests on a granite base that is approximately 18 in tall. The work cost $150,000. It was surveyed as part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in 1997. The Arthur Fiedler Memorial was fabricated by Lippincott, North Haven, CT.
Fiedler was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Johanna (Bernfeld) and Emanuel Fiedler. His parents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. His father was a violinist who played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his mother was a pianist. He grew up in Boston, and attended Boston Latin School until his father retired in the early 1900s, and they moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1910. The family soon moved again, to Berlin, where from 1911 to 1915 young Fiedler studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music (Hochschule für Musik Berlin) under Willy Hess. Fiedler returned to Boston at the beginning of World War I. In 1915 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Karl Muck as a violinist. He also worked as a pianist, organist, and percussionist.
Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA 02114