(Courtesy of Daud Alzayer)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A local artist has gotten attention by transforming Boston Public Garden’s "Make Way for Ducklings" statue.
The popular attraction was inspired by the 1941 children’s book of the same name. Local artist Karyn Alzayer wrapped the ducks in mylar blankets and surrounded them with cages to illustrate conditions at detention centers along the southern border.
“It just came to me in a total flash,” Alzayer said. “This whole story is about an immigrant family. What would their fate be in this climate?”
Alzayer said she hopes her work will help stimulate discussion surrounding immigration.
“I thought this is what I can do, so I’m going to do it,” Alzayer said. “I felt like it was important.”
However, there was one factor that was cause for concern for Alzayer.
“I was really worried about what the original artist would have had to say about this. This statue is really beloved in our city. I love it too,” Alzayer said. “It wasn’t my intention to take a jab at the original artist at all. And it seems that she’s supportive of what I ended up doing. And I’m very glad to hear that.”
WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports