Eeyore, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and the Hunny Pot, Newton
Free Library, Newton, Mass
Childrens Patio, Bronze mounted
Eeyore was installed September 15, 1991, Piglet was added May 11, 2013. Eeyore is 28" tall, Pooh is 49", and Piglet is 24".
When asked to create a sculpture for the Childrens
Patio at the Newton Free Library in memory of a 4 year old boy,
I thought it appropriate to choose a character from childrens
I chose Eeyore because he is not only a lovable
personage, but one from whom a very important lesson could be learned.
When the day of his birthday came he was supposed to receive a hunny
pot full of hunny, and a balloon. By the time his gifts arrived,
the hunny pot was empty and the balloon was broken. Instead of being
angry, he took the stick from the broken balloon and made a game
of sticking the stick in and out of the hunny pot.
Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from Eeyore.
Piglet was commissioned by a woman who wanted to celebrate the short life of her dear brother. She thought her brother had characteristics just like Piglet. He was timid, yet brave and he was able to conquer his fears. Piglet and Pooh loved each other and were best friends. In the sculpture, Piglet is whispering a secret to Pooh. What that secret is, we will never know - because it is a secret!
Winnie the Pooh and Hunny Pot
was installed May 12, 2002
On January 17,1995, 14 year
old Sarah Oliver wrote to the then Mayor of Newton:
Dear Mayor Concannon, How would you feel if you
were outside twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days
a year? You stood alone in the winter with the unfriendly snowflakes
nipping at your back. There is no one to keep you warm, no one to
talk to. Its just you and the snow.
I am writing to you about a sad little donkey who
lives around these parts. He goes by the name of Eeyore. You may
have read about him in A.A. Milnes books and you may have
read that he is a sad little donkey, but even sad donkeys need a
friend, preferably Winnie-the-Pooh, every now and then.
I believe it is time for that poor old donkey, who
awaits very patiently by the Newton Public Library for his friend,
to be giving a late (or early) birthday present: Winnie-the-Pooh.
This may seem a little small and childish, but remember, everyone
has a little Pooh-Bear in them! Im sure if a sculpture of
Winnie-the-Pooh thumped along and came across Eeyore, that ol
donkey will give the biggest smile youve ever seen. So, please
consider giving Eeyore a friend.
I would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest
Sarah died on February 14, 2001. Her parents asked
me to design a sculpture of Winnie-the-Pooh in her memory. I added
a hunny pot for children to sit on, possibly to cheer Eeyore up.
The sculpture was installed on May 12, 2002 with a plaque reading
For The Children of Newton From Sarah Oliver.