The bronze Tortoise and Hare at Copley Square at Copley Square was created as a tribute to the runners from all over the world who have participated in the Boston Marathon.
“The Boston Marathon has been part of my life as long ago as I can remember. At that time, there were no water stops, so we would go to Heartbreak Hill and hand out water and orange slices to the men ( there were only men at that time) as they sweated and pulled themselves up that long hill. They knew that if they could manage that hill, they might be able to finish the race. Many runners don’t finish for the time, they run for the challenge of finishing. The tortoise speaks to that strength and persistence.
I wanted to create a sculpture that would also attract children, yet have meaning for the race. I couldn’t show a man running,or a woman, or a person in a wheelchair. The fable of the Tortoise and Hare by Aesop was the perfect metaphor for the wide variety of people from all over the world who participate in the marathon, people of all ages, shapes and size, many of whom are proud just to walk over the finish line.
These miniature sculptures were created exclusively for all those who are inspired by the powerful lesson the tortoise teaches.”
They are cast in fashion metal with a 22K gold finish and they are signed by me.