It is a terrible piece of art.......and why is it the only memorial of Boston immigrants to have such a prominent place in the city??? They would not let the Polish memorial to the Nazi resisters to be on the Boston Common!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with William G. My understanding is that Boston Common and Public Garden both require numerous groups - City, Civic, neighborhood, etc. to agree upon and approve any changes or additions of anything in these parks.
I have heard that people did not like the actual art itself because the famine victims look emaciated . I think the artist wanted to demonstrate the conditions during "the great hunger" . As to why there and how come only the Irish , Boston has been the home of the Irish who settled the area in Great numbers since the 1800's . Any statutes or memorials placed on Boston Common need to approved by several groups that dont always agree , and there is lots red tape. The location of the Famine Memorial might even have been private property at one time before it became park
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