- Turtle Boy’s “real” name is the Burnside Fountain.
- The Burnside Fountain was originally a watering trough for dogs and horses (see pictures in gallery – you’ll note the basins up front for horses, small ‘dog bowl’ on the back).
- The fountain/statue was a gift to the city of Worcester given by Harriet Pamela Foster Burnside. It was meant as a tribute to her father, a prominent Worcester attorney.
- The original gift was $5,000, given around 1905 (Worcester Telegram & Gazette site says 1905 / Smithsonian says April 6, 1904). The statue was finally unveiled in 1912.
- The original location was across the street at Salem Square but it was moved in 1969 to make way for construction.
- Artist, Daniel Chester French, was commissioned to create the statue. He assigned the job to Charles Harvey, his protege.
- Work on the pedestal was started by Lincoln Memorial architect, Henry Bacon, but was completed by his assistant, Sherry Fry, after his death.
- The statue is made of bronze; the pedestal is pink granite.
Alright all you naughty minded people – and you know who you are…. haha! This is the famed Turtle Boy statue of Worcester, MA.
It seems that a lot of people are into checking this thing out (if my stats and image views are any indication).
For those who are not from Worcester, MA, this is a statue that used to be a fountain. It’s located in downtown Worcester, Salem Square, at the edge of the Common. It’s also a bit of a conversation piece. I think you can see why people would be talking about this thing, and giggling a bit too.
If you’ve stumbled here and are wondering what this thing really is:
It’s real name is the Burnside Fountain – not “Turtle Boy” or “Boy doing it with a Turtle” (although those names certainly are more descriptive)
It was a gift to the city by Harriet Burnside. Poking around I found info stating that she gave the city $5000 in 1905 to have a fountain built.
It’s original purpose was a water trough for dogs and horses but now it’s just a monument, no water. It’s not a big deal since nobody rides horses around in Worcester anymore.
I know – boring stuff compared to what people usually say about the statue – it doesn’t take much of an imagination to guess what sorts of comments are made so I don’t need to go there. I’m sure Harriet Burnside and the designers didn’t have anything naughty in mind when they first created this.
Here’s some more stuff around Worcester
Bancroft Tower – This is a monument that also has some naughty things said about it.Hurstwic – Viking Age Living History Society – Not at all naughty but very interesting folks.Higgins Armory Museum & the Higgins Armory Sword Guild – also not naughty, sorry.. but they do have cool swords.My HUGE flickr.com collection of Worcester, MA pictures. It’s got all sorts of places, festivals and other stuff.