Robert Burns Statue in Central Park


The foremost poet of Scotland, Robert Burns is known for his original poems as well as his adaptations of folk songs, which he wrote in the Scottish dialect. His best-known work is Auld Lang Syne, traditionally sung on New Year's Eve. Small details and personal touches set this sculpture of Burns apart from many of the other bronze sculptures featured on the Public Art Tour. The poet is depicted on a stroll through the countryside, accompanied by a book and his Collie dog. His walking stick and well-worn shoes give the impression that he went on such excursions often. They also illustrate the pastoral themes so prevalent in his verse. Despite his youthful, sturdy appearance here, Burns died at the age of 37 from a heart condition he may have developed during his childhood, spent working on the family farm. This statue was first placed in the Fens-an ideal site for an afternoon stroll. It was moved to Winthrop Square in 1975. Courtesy of Boston Art Commission.

Installed, 1920