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“The horrors of man revisited”

Boston Irish Famine Memorial
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Ranked #138 of 413 things to do in Boston
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

A stark and grim reminder of the issues faced by some that led to a migration to this country...Walking around the statues and reading the descriptions is quite depressing and yet a reminder of the grit of those who survived those troubling times.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is truly one of the worst pieces of public art I have seen, or can imagine. It consists of two separate family groupings, apparently representing Irish citizens in the mid-19th Century. The "concept" is that one family group of statues is in Ireland suffering the full effects of the Potato Famine of that era: suffering, starving and pathetic. The "other" family group is happy, well-fed and to be envied for escaping their native land. I suppose this Memorial was proposed/supported by the "lucky" Irish who managed to flee their home country and come to America, but knowing how much contemporary Bostonians of Irish origin love the land of their ancestors, I find the concept presented in this Memorial truly anachronistic. Boston has a patchy reputation for public art, and truly great examples are few and far between. But this one is simply awful.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Given my Irish citizenship, I found this interesting given my maternal grandmothers stories. Sad commentary on what transpired in the past.

Thank Scott S
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

It's a little too literal and glum for me, but it is well placed and well executed and hard to miss.
If nothing else, it is thought-provoking, and that's good.
Boston's Downtown Crossing neighborhood could use more public art, and this is a good start.
Too bad that the folks who built it couldn't have endorsed a concept that was a little bit more creative.

Thank Monaco98
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

The Irish exodus during their potato famine had a big impact in Boston and the USA

This memorial is really well done, with impact. Not only are the figures well modelled, but there are a number of detail narrative plates too to put it into context.

A fitting memorial

Thank PipPaul W
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