Friday, June 27, 2008
Boy and Bird Fountain
Boy and Bird Fountain in the Public Garden.
A small, nude boy crouched and holding in a bird in his proper left hand. He is kneeling on a rock formation out of which water spouts. The sculpture is mounted on a pedestal in the shape of a bird bath. The pedestal is attached to a large granite pool.
The bronze sculpture and granite base was originally designed by Bashka Paeff (1893-1979) in 1934. Dimensions of the boy: approx. H. 30 in.; Fountain: approx. Diam. 29 ft.
The sculpture is one of four built for fountains in the Boston Public Garden. The original sculpture was subsequently stolen, and a recast made in 1977. The second cast was of poor quality and deteriorated rapidly. The bird has been stolen. As a result, a third cast was made in 1992 by Paul King Foundry, the bird modeled using photographs.