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Ducks on Parade!

Edited by Nancy Schön

Inspired by Robert McCloskey’s beloved children’s book of the same name, the iconic bronze Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in Boston’s Public Garden has come to serve as something of a record of the recent decades of life in the city itself. In a series of delightful photographs taken by members of the public, Ducks on Parade! chronicles many of the original, moving, humorous, and startling outfits that artistic Bostonians have dressed the ducks in. From summer hats to winter scarves, from the Women’s March to Black Lives Matter, the ducks reflect the life of the city and our country. Featuring a text by sculptor Nancy Schön, this book is a tribute to all Bostonians whose creativity and generosity have made this constant collaborative art possible. More than this, it is a revealing look at the lasting power of public art and how viewers can also be participants. Ducks on Parade! is perfect for whimsical readers of any age.

Cloth: $14.95
ISBN-13: 9781684580415
Pages: 64 | Size: 7 in. x 7 in.
Date Published: April 1, 2021
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Few works of art hold such a special place in so many hearts as Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in Boston’s Public Garden… The people of Boston didn’t just admire the new sculpture, they embraced it with open arms. People started adorning the ducks with holiday decorations and symbols of Boston pride. A new Boston tradition took off, and it’s here to stay.

Martin J. Walsh
Mayor of Boston

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  • Few works of art hold such a special place in so many hearts as Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in Boston’s Public Garden. This tribute to one of the greatest American children’s books has become one of our city’s most iconic landmarks. Soon after Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings made their home there in 1987 they took on lives of their own. The people of Boston didn’t just admire the new sculpture, they embraced it with open arms. People started adorning the ducks with holiday decorations and symbols of Boston pride. A new Boston tradition took off, and it’s here to stay.

    Martin J. Walsh
    Mayor of Boston

About the Author

Nancy Schön

Nancy Schön is the sculptor who created the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Boston Public Garden. Schön has created over a dozen prominent public sculptures and is the author of Make Way for Nancy: A Life in Public Art.

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