TURTLE BOY

Title

TURTLE BOY

Contributor

NICOLE APOSTOLA

Description

Interview with Nicole Apostola:
Harriet Burnside, who died in 1904, left a bequest to the city for a fountain for horses and dogs in memory of her father, Samuel Burnside, a prominent Worcester resident and lawyer. The basin, in beautiful pink granite, was designed by Henry Bacon; it has four troughs for horses and, if you approach it from the back, there’s a little divot there for dogs. The sculptor, Charles Y. Harvey, looked at it as his masterwork, but shortly after he began, voices told him that on the 24th of January 1912, he would need to put down his tools and leave this mortal coil. On that day, Harvey committed suicide in New York City. After his death, sculptor Sherry Fry finished the sculpture using Harvey’s designs. This was the first of the three major boy sculpture fountains in the city. The Fisher Boy, or the Chamberlain Memorial, appeared a few years afterward and is in Elm Park, and the Dolphin Boy came decades after. In the past decade, folks have been planting here, continuing a project begun by florist Cathy Walsh, who passed away several years ago.

Files

Burnside fountain.jpg
Nicole and Boy Closer.jpg

Collection

Reference

TURTLE BOY

Cite As

“TURTLE BOY,” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/45.

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