As a Richmonder, I mightily and without shame dismiss the claims of all other cities on Edgar Allan Poe*, with the exception of Boston because whatever fine he was born there. FINE. Also, they’re getting this completely bad-ass new statue:
Edgar Allan Poe: Melancholy Rock Star is not its name but maybe should be. Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak designed the piece, which will be unveiled on October 5th at 2 p.m. in “Poe Square”, at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South in Boston. Now check out the back:
Here’s the artist’s own description of the piece from her proposal:
I propose to cast a life-size figure of Poe in bronze (approximately 5’ 8” tall). Just off the train, the figure would be walking south towards his place of birth, where his mother, father and maternal grandmother once lived. Poe, with a trunk full of ideas—and worldwide success—is finally coming home.
His expression is complex. He is determined and his stride is decisive. His face reflects a mixture of pain, anger and sadness, and from some angles, a subtle sense of hope. As he walks towards Carver Street, he openly dismisses what is behind him with his left hand; the Frogpondians to the north. Boston is not claiming Poe, Poe is claiming Boston. To punctuate this, he leaves a literal paper trail behind him. He has not only left his mark on the world, he has left it on the city of his birth. His ideas are jumping off the page and cascading out of his trunk; a heart lies just behind him, and an oversized Raven explodes to the south. The Raven, which has become symbolic of Poe’s brooding creative spirit, visually reflects Poe; his coat mimics the raven’s wing. They are one, heading up-wind towards their final resting place.
As he strides into the city of his birth, his suitcase is bursting with ideas! And while the artist probably didn’t mean it this way, his heart spills out behind him- perhaps yearning for his home city, Richmond, Virginia (I’M NOT SORRY)?
The statue will be life-sized, so please avoid stumbling around Poe Square in the middle of the night while drunk because that raven will probably give you a terrible fright. Or do it, but if you do, pics or it didn’t happen (I will quietly point out that the raven will face the South, thankyouverymuch).
So what do you think of the sculpture?
*I’m mostly joking about this, please don’t hurt me people from Baltimore/Philadelphia/Charlottesville/wherever.