Boston’s rich history and plethora of influential individuals has led to the construction of countless unique effigies around the city. From athletes to politicians to symbolic fruit, here are some of the most interesting statues in The Hub and where they can be found:
Bobby Orr Statue
Widely considered the best Bruins player in history, and one of the best defensemen to ever play the game, Bobby Orr also lays claim to one of the coolest statues in the city. Depicted mid-flight in celebration of his Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970 and inspired by a famous photo taken of the moment, Orr’s figure is unique because he is suspended in the air with only his foot connected to the statue’s base.
Edgar Allan Poe Statue
One of Boston’s most recent installations, unveiled only last year, is a statue of famed short story author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. Though he did not spend his whole life in Boston, Poe was born here and moved back to the city as an 18 year old to write. He was also stationed at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor after joining the army. His statue, placed in the middle of the sidewalk in “Edgar Allan Poe Square,” depicts him walking against the wind, briefcase in hand. A raven accompanies him, and a human heart lies upon a stack of papers behind—two of the most distinctive entities from Poe’s literature.
Arthur Fiedler Memorial
Another unique effigy, located on The Esplanade, is a giant model of Arthur Fiedler’s head. Born and raised in Boston, Fiedler is responsible for propelling the Boston Pops to international fame during his 50-year tenure as conductor. The statue itself is so distinctive because it is actually constructed from 83 separate sheets of aluminum that have been cut and stacked on top of each other to resemble Fiedler’s countenance. It is located near the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell, where the Pops play every summer during the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.
Dorchester Voices/Clapp Pear
The Dorchester Voices installment is one of the most unique on our list because it does not depict a famous person, but instead a collection of everyday objects, the most prominent being a giant Clapp pear. Made of bronze and towering above passersby on its stone base, the pear personifies Dorchester and its people as a whole. Nearby the pear are other everyday objects that represent the professions and pastimes of Dorchester residents, complete with quotes from locals themselves.
Mayor James Michael Curley Statues
Though he led a complicated and controversial life, James Michael Curley cemented himself as a Boston legend during his four terms as mayor, as well as stints as Governor and US House representative. Curley’s memorial is unique in that it is actually made up of two separate statues. One stands stoically upright and the other is sitting so casually on a park bench that from afar it appears to be a tourist staring off. This is potentially meant to represent Curley’s duality as one who was authoritative, but also filled with concern and compassion for the public.
Nothing screams Boston quite as much as the site of Paul Revere riding his horse. Immortalized in the heart of the city, at the quaint and vibrant Public Gardens, this statue dresses up for Super Bowls, watches pedestrians on sunny days, and ties to the area’s revolutionary history.