Edgar Allan Poe Statue Proposals Made Public
The winning design will be installed at the corner of Charles and Boylston Streets.
A famous writer's Bostonian roots are soon going to be on public display, as the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston plans to install a Poe-themed statue in Edgar Allan Poe Square.
Otherwise known as the southeast corner of Charles and Boylston Streets, across the street from the Commons and Boston Public Garden, the corner was dedicated Edgar Allan Poe Square in 2009 (a Globe article on and video of the dedication can be found here) and plans for public art were even hinted at during the dedication.
A call for artists for a Poe sculpture was put to the public in May 2011, and, after going through a field of "265 artists from 42 states and 13 countries," per the Foundation, 3 proposals were selected as the finalists.
The finalists were Stefanie Rocknak, a sculptor and philosophy professor from upstate New York, Ann Hirsch and Robert Olson an artist/architect team from Cambridge and Boston, respectively, and another artist/architect team, Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayner from Los Angeles.
Full proposals of their work and further details on the project can be found on the Poe Foundation's site for the project, and they say they're open to commentary from the public through the month of February. People can have their say on the Foundation's site for the project, their Facebook page and at a public meeting and celebration coming up, but we'd like to put the question to you here, as well.