29 August 2012
Limitation of Statues
I don't know if you have seen this picture of the statue Boston is planning to erect near the birthplace of Edgar Allan Poe. It appears to show the founder of our field going for a stroll with his giant pet raven.
People have disagreed on the quality of this work. I won't say more than this: it will never be my favorite statue of a bird in Boston.
This is Arthur Conan Doyle in Crowborough, England. It's surprisingly recent, having been created by David Cornell in 2000.
And here is Dorothy L. Sayers standing opposite her home in Witham. I like the cat, don't you?
Here is Georges Simenon as seen in Liege in Belgium.
And below you will find the creator of Father Brown standing proudly in Chesterton Square. Can you guess what city this piece by David Wanner can be found in? Would you believe New Orleans?
And now that we have made it to the United States I would like to show you some photos of sculptures of American mystery authors. Unfortunately I can't because a search of the web turned up no statues or even busts of Hammett, Chandler, Gardner, or Stout. What likely candidates am I missing?
I suppose creating sculptures of authors may be more of a European thing than an American, but frankly I was expecting to find at least a bust or two created by schools that had been honored with the archives of one or another author. If anyone knows of some, let me know.