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Boy and Bird Fountain

Artist:

Bashka Paeff and Paul King Foundry

Location:

Boston Public Garden, at Arlington St.  

Location

Boston Public Garden, at Arlington St.
United States
42° 21' 13.0536" N, 71° 4' 16.32" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculptural fountain

Year:

1934 / 1977 / 1992

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Like the nearby Small Child Fountain, this work captures a young boy’s interactions with the natural world. A bird alights in the figure’s hand, and the two creatures seem to study each other with a shared sense of curiosity. Artist Bashka Paeff was born in Russia but grew up in Boston, where she attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Throughout her life, she continued to live and work in the Boston area, as well as at the MacDowell artists’ colony in New Hampshire. She created many public works of art in New England, including a monument to sailors and soldiers in Maine. The original Boy and Bird sculpture was installed in 1934, but it was later stolen from the park and has since been replaced twice.

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