Vote For Your Favorite Poe Statue Submission

Which design do you think should be used for the Poe statue at Charles and Boylston streets?

We want to know what you think: Which Edgar Allan Poe-inspired design should be , at the corner of Charles and Boylston streets?

William Brokhof January 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I like the sculpture by Ann Hirsch.
Leah Zee January 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Most definitely the Hirsch/Olson sculpture!
Paul January 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Rocknak's statue is ALIVE! It demands your attention. You can't help but want to know the story behind it - and the story is amazing!
Martha January 14, 2012 at 04:52 AM
The Hirsch/Olsen project is the one that "grabs you by the throat" and makes you shudder in the best of ways. The pavilion is pretty but not specific to Poe, and the idea of filling it with tourist items for sale commercializes and undervalues the haunting poetry of Poe. Put the pavilion somewhere else in the city and do the best honor to Poe, by showing the man himself, and his lifelong shadow.
John January 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Has to be Hirsch/Olson: sophisticated, imaginative, mysterious. Rocknak is just cute: "Make way for Poe!" The pavilion's nice, but what's it got to do with Poe?
Peter B January 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The Hirsch-Olsen proposal is very traditional Boston yet also has an elegant mysteriousness that seems very Poe-like. Yes to this. Rocknak's proposal is dynamic but kind of a one liner. I dont understand the pavilion, a pretentious non kitsch (?) glass box with a lot of kitsch crap inside.
Karen January 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I love Stefanie's! Love the trailing of the papers behind him.....I will look forward to seeing it when it is erected in Boston!
Karen January 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Cute? No doubt you haven't read Rocknak's Statement of Intent: http://poeboston.blogspot.com/p/design-concept-1_26.html
Marta Sales January 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM
  "Ann Hirsch has successfully portrayed not only the iconic image of Edgar Allan Poe, but also his spirit as one of the greatest authors of American literature. As a sculptor myself, I know how rare it is to do just that, and she does it with both empathy and precision! A triumph!"
Cindy January 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Stefanie Rocknak' sculpture of Poe shows his connection to Boston, depictions of his works, vitality, fluidity of motion and is definitely the best of the three entries.
Ellen Schon January 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Hirsch's sculpture is mysterious, soulful, and beautifully rendered. Accessible to children and adults, it draws the viewer in with multiple layers of meaning.
don tessa January 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
This is daunting task for the Poe society to decide how best to represent this man. All are obviously creative, talented artists and/or architects. But what will be best suited for this Boston square. Considering the area is very busy, and Bostonians are a people on the move- not daudlers, the Poe statue should have the biggest impact upon first glance. The Rocknak sculpture would certainly do this. There is no question as to who the figure is, what he was about, and what his works are. The other two are either too ambiguous or just plain too lofty.
fred January 19, 2012 at 04:07 AM
There is a parallel page with different results: http://backbay.patch.com/articles/save-4ab20be7#photo-8873011. The fact that the author of this process is unaware of it just goes to show how little this means. Please go to the Poe Foundation to register your feedback where it matters: http://poeboston.blogspot.com/
Sam Cohen January 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The Rocknak sculpture is dynamic and cute, but what does it tell passers-by what we don't already know about Poe? The Hirsch sculpture is more profound, but not so much to be esoteric. The Hirsch monument would be the best choice for a memorial that draws you in and educates, not just entertains.
Dror Heymann January 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I support the work by Ann Hirsch and Robert Olson because they focus on Edgar Allan Poe’s life’s work and not just one aspect of his career. By combining traditional figurative representation with cutting-edge architectural design, it not only makes the piece stand the test of time but achieves something never done before:  since the figure is placed on the summit of the pyramid, and the pyramid becomes part of the monument, it gracefully defines the space around the sculpture, and successfully shows its monumental magnificence in the center of the whole space of the site. This not only reflects Poe’s image as an author, but also the extraordinary achievement of his work.
Edward Bing February 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I agree with Martha about the Hirsch/Olsen project. It has some real staying power.


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