"And so it is with all my Public Art projects. I have tried to teach some sort of a lesson, yet give people the joy and delight of interacting with what people normally are told not to touch. The child in all of us responds to animals and the use of this metaphor reaches our inner most depths whatever our age. I use bronze as a material to cast my sculptures as it is durable, practically vandal proof and blends with other materials that surrounding buildings might be made of. It has a wonderfully tactile quality and happily sparkles in the sunlight."
- Sculptor Nancy Schon, best known for her "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Commons (bostonology's hand-drawn representation is found at the end of every e-mail) has numerous other sculptures in the Boston area including:
"A Dragon for Dorchester," Nonquit Street Green, Dorchester
"Boston, Butterflies in the Francis Street Garden," Boston
"Eeyore, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and the Hunny Pot," Newton Free Library, Newton, Mass
"Empty Sled and Dog (Sarah Pryor Memorial)," Wayland, Mass
"Gateway to Independence," Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Mass
"Nursing Sundial," Bullfinch Lawn, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
"Tortious and the Hare," Copley Square, Boston
There is actually a second "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture...in Moscow. Nancy Shon traveled with Barbara Bush and Raisa Gorbachev when the United States government presented her ducklings to Russia in 1991.
This weekend the City of Boston will add one more sculpture to its public art collection, to make 236, with the unveiling of sculptor Stefanie Rocknak's "Poe Returning to Boston" in Edgar Allan Poe Square (near the theater district at the intersection of Boylston and Charles Streets, and close to where Poe’s house once stood.) On Saturday there will be a 90 minute walking tour to explore the famous writer's connection to Boston, followed by the unveiling of the sculpture on Sunday.