Following in the footsteps of such figures as Robocop, Balto, and King Joffrey Baratheon, Edgar Allan Poe will be honored with a statue in Boston! The city’s Edgar Allan Poe Foundation has long worked to reassert Poe’s Bostonionism, in the face of such usurpers as New York, Baltimore, Richmond, and even Charlottesville, each of which have claimed some portion of Poe’s short, doomed life. The Foundation felt that he should be honored by the city of his birth, and launched a fundraising campaign that included everything from $50 Poe bobbleheads to a $5,000 contribution by Stephen and Tabitha King.
The life-size statue, pictured above, will be erected this October at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. Artist Stefanie Rocknak (New Yorkers can check out Rocknak’s work in a Brooklyn show this spring) won the commission over hundred of other artists, and we can see why: her Poe looks like he’s ready to come to life and start kicking ass, like a wicked pissah of a golem. We can’t wait to visit him this fall!