Placed in the Boston Public Garden in 1987 to commemorate the garden’s 150th anniversary and the children’s book of the same name by Robert McCloskey, the Make Way for Ducklings statue is a favorite landmark in Boston. In the book, a family of Mallard ducks make their home in this garden. Today, the ducks are popular with small children and tourists alike, who take photos sitting on the bronze sculptures’ backs.
There wasn’t an Edgar Allan Poe statue in Boston until recently. In 2014, the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, who raised funds for the surly writer’s statue, revealed it to the public. Created by Stefanie Rocknak, the statue is at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street. A giant raven flocks the statue, and Poe holds a briefcase that contains one of his most famous works, The Tell-Tale Heart.
Located on the Paul Revere Mall, right off the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere Statue depicts the famous patriot and is one of the most photographed spots in Boston. The statue portrays Revere during his legendary Midnight Ride, looking dignified, as he warned everyone that the British were coming. Admire this bronze statue, which took Cyrus Edwin Dallin 16 years to create and 40 years to install in its present place.
Found in the Boston Public Garden, the George Washington Statue commemorates him not as the first President of the United States, but as the Commander-in-Chief of the Army. He was first a British colonel during wars before the fight for the American Revolution, and then he led the Continental Army in 1775. Historians say Washington was more comfortable in his military role than in his presidency, so this statue depicts him riding confidently.