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The Duckling Statue Celebrates its 25th Birthday

September 17, 2012

We’re having a big birthday bash this year for Nancy Shön’s Make Way for Ducklings statue! The event is completely free and will take place Saturday, September 29th from 10am – 1pm in the Public Garden. The party includes a variety of games and activities for families and people of all ages, including music, magic and juggling. Children may create their own birthday card to wish Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings a happy and healthy year. There will also be a special reading of the delightful story.

One fine day in 1985, Nancy Schön was called upon to create a bronze statue inspired by the Robert McCloskey classic, Make Way for Ducklings. In some ways the journey of this bronze tribute to the Mallard family mirrors the ducklings journey from the Charles River to the Public Garden in the book. Instead of facing the Charles River and busy streets, Shön spent two years working through several sponsorship obstacles  before her statue could call the Public Garden home. With a little work and a lot of determination the statue was finally installed on September 29th. It’s hard to believe it has already been 25 years since the sculpture found it’s way into our hearts. It seems like just yesterday Mrs. Mallard and her eight young ducklings swam across the Charles River to a busy highway where Officer Michael stopped the cars and let the ducks walk on through to Mt. Vernon Street.

25 years later, the ducks still reside in the Public Garden. If you’re lucky, you may be able to still catch them eating peanuts!

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