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Poe Returning to Boston

Artist:

Stefanie Rocknak

Location:

Downtown  

Location

Downtown
Boylston St & Charles St South
Boston, MA
United States
42° 21' 8.7552" N, 71° 4' 2.622" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2014

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston

Description:

Following the celebration of the Edgar Allan Poe bicentenary in 2009, the downtown intersection of Boylston and Charles Street South was renamed after the author, and the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston began spearheading the development of a new permanent public sculpture to honor Poe's Boston roots. In sculptor Stefanie Rocknak's design, Edgar Allan Poe stands life-sized, frozen in mid-stride, near the corners of the Public Gardens and the Boston Common; the area now known as 'Poe Square.' A huge raven, representing Poe's larger-than-life legacy, flies by his side, its wings spread wide and its beak opening as though it is about to let out a loud 'caw.' In Poe's right hand is a suitcase, filled with his creative work; bronze pages full of writing spill onto the pavement behind him, leaving a trail of macabre poems and short stories for which he is known and loved the world over. On top of a particularly large pile of papers is a human heart- a nod to arguably his most famous work, "The Telltale Heart." Poe seems in the midst of walking away from the former train station and towards his birthplace, which historians believe is within several blocks of Poe Square, in the midst of Boston's Literary Cultural District. In 2014, after 165 years of absence, one of America's greatest writers finally returns to the city of his birth.

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