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The Make Way for Ducklings sculpture depicts a duck, Mrs. Mallard, and her trailing brood of eight ducklings. It is based on Robert McCloskey's classic children's story of the same name.

Published in 1941, Make Way for Ducklings tells the story of a family of mallards who made their home in the busy and crowded heart of Boston. Mrs. Mallard led her ducklings from their nest site on an island in the Charles River to meet Mr. Mallard in the Public Garden. Their route took them through downtown Boston across many busy streets where they were in danger of being run over by cars. Michael the policeman stepped in to help the ducks by stopping traffic so they could cross the street, and soon much of the Boston police force was involved in seeing the duck family safely to the park.

The bronze sculpture was sculpted by Nancy Schön. Set in cobblestone, the sculpture spans 35 feet (11 meters) from front to back. It was installed in 1987 in the Public Garden where the story happily ended. Since it was installed, the sculpture has not needed professional polishing because children sit on and touch each of the ducks so often that they remain in a polished state.

In 1991, a replica of the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture was installed in Novodevichy Park in Moscow as a gift from American First Lady Barbara Bush to the Soviet First Lady Raisa Gorbachev.

Directions: The Public Garden is within walking distance to the west of Boston's Financial District.

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2012
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