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Make Way for Ducklings-Duckling Sculpture

Artist:

Nancy Schön

Location:

Boston Public Garden, near Beacon St. and Charles St.  

Location

Boston Public Garden, near Beacon St. and Charles St.
United States
42° 21' 19.8072" N, 71° 4' 11.1036" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1987

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Friends of the Public Garden

Description:

The Duckling Sculpture is favorite Boston landmark, this sculpture by Nancy Schön was created in 1987 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Public Garden. It pays tribute to Robert McCloskey’s popular children book, written in 1941, about a family of ducks who make their home here. To reach the lagoon in the Public Garden, Mrs. Mallard, the mother duck, leads her babies across a series of dangerous streets assisted by a friendly police officer. Hence the sculpture’s alternate name, Make Way for Ducklings. Because of the story’s close association with Boston, no replicas exist in other cities, with the exception of an installation in Gorky Park in Moscow at the request of Russian First Lady Raisa Gorbachev.

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