The towering Ether monument is nestled into the trees of the Public Garden.

The figure of the doctor caring for the sick crowns the monument.

The granite artwork was cleaned and restored by a local firm with a national reputation: Daedalus, Inc.

Originally dedicated in June of 1868, the Ether Monument was built as an expression of gratitude for the relief of human suffering provided by ether – first demonstrated here in Boston. The monument is the oldest in the Public Garden, and the only one built to honor an event rather than an individual.

The granite artwork, fountain, and receiving bowl were restored, and dramatic lighting provided for night viewing. In addition, a maintenance endowment was raised to ensure that the monument continues to inspire future generations.

Located in the northwest quadrant of the Public Garden.
2005
Funder
$60,000
$400,000
Fully restored and maintained with support from an endowment.