It’s the Irish Famine Memorial, no question. It’s the most cheezy memorial to a human tragedy in Boston. As I remember … the “benefactor” Thomas J. Flatley basically ramrodded the process through City Hall without due diligence that legally, public sculpture usually went through. The two tableaus make no sense. Are the healthy family the before or after? Why are they (the after) shoeless? Why did the little girl turn into a boy?
Artistically it marks an embarrassing visual statement. The “Disney” realism is a joke. Remember this is the same artist who made the F.A.O Swartz Teddy Bear, now in front of the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts-New England Medical Center. And that was not only a decent sculpture for what it was, but also had a plaque, when it was at F.A.O Swartz, declaring it not to be public art, but private art.
Christine Temin said it “reduces a great tragedy to a sentimental cartoon.”
The Polish horse riders on the commons, by Pitynski were great art compared to this atrocity and that was removed for being too depressing.