I can find no online explanation for why Abigail Adams, Phyllis Wheatley, and Lucy Stone were decked out in so much green frippery. It was interesting, but mostly it was just odd.
No one accessorizes our monuments to men. That is, aside from the large nude, Quest Eternal, that used to be outside the Prudential Center:
Photo: Boston Art Commission
He sometimes wore a Santa hat in December or the jersey of one of the local teams. Once someone did the obvious and natural thing, and dressed him as a delivery man holding a pizza box aloft. He looked perfect. We miss him and hope he returns when the construction is done.
These ladies, who were all interested in ideas, words, and action, strike me as self-conscious and uncomfortable in their boas.
But someone clearly went to much trouble and some expense to honor these ladies with greenery. If anyone knows why, please let me know.
Update (June 21): An alert reader solved the mystery — a florist is recycling wedding flowers in creative (and brief) installations around the city. Check out this story on Boston.com.