Make Way for Ducklings, maquette, bronze on marble, 24”
4" x 24" bronze sculpture on marble.
Limited numbered edition of 250.
From the artist's description:
There are public sculptures of the ducklings both in Boston and Moscow.
It was 1985 when Suzanne DeMonchaux, an urban planner asked me if I would like to put a bronze sculpture of “Make Way for Ducklings” into the Boston Public Garden.
There in lies a long tale of her proposal writing, our meeting and working with Robert McCloskey, of acquiring the sponsorship of the Friends of the Boston Public Garden, of having my design accepted by the Boston Art Commission, the Landmarks Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Then there was the problem, as always, of fund raising. It took two years to go through this process but on October 4, 1987 a bronze sculpture of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings was installed on old Boston cobblestones.
I treasure time that I spend standing near the sculpture and watching all the children hug, kiss, climb on and feed the ducks. How fortunate I am to have made this sculpture which, thanks to Mr. McCloskey, has given so much pleasure to so many.
Nancy Schön is an internationally renowned sculptor, most well known for her celebrated Make Way for Ducklings in the Boston Public Garden. She is known for her warm, evocative representations of human and animal figures and has received many commissions both public and private in the United States and abroad.