Max Turner - Two Kids on a Bench - Needham, Massachusetts USA
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Quick Description: Two young children look at an alphabet book and sit on one half of a bench in this cast bronze sit-by-me sculpture installed at the Needham Free Public Library in Needham, Massachusetts.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2019 1:07:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM1072T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Two young children look at an alphabet book and sit on one half of a bench in this cast bronze sit-by-me sculpture. The kids portrayed look to be around five years old. A girl in a sleeveless sundress is at the center of the bench while a boy wearing a collared button-down shirt and long pants is to her left. Her dress and his pants are patinated green. They hold a book between them and resting on the girls lap. Her left hand points to the open book. His right arm is around her back and holding her shoulder. There is a kid-sized empty space to the girl's right on the bench for somebody to join the pair.

A bronze memorial plaque is mounted to the empty seat back an reads:


Knit purple scarves had been placed around the children's necks as whimsical seasonal decoration at the time of my mid-winter visit.

I didn't find any information about this specific sculpture at the Needham Public Library. However, my research turned up an article from the Omaha World-Herald (Cozad’s bronze age: Community hopes public memorial sculptures will draw visitors to city, May 30, 2016) that shows an exact duplicate casting of the work:

The cast bronze piece by sculptor Max Turner is titled “Two Kids on a Bench.” It came from the Large Art Company in Baltimore, Maryland. It is 36 inches tall, 44 inches wide, 32 inches deep and weighs about 300 pounds.

Location description: Near the library entrance at the Rosemary Street parking lot

Statue's Subject: Two yound children reading a book

Artist: Max Turner

Visit Instructions:
Photo of the statue with person sitting on bench next to the statue, standing next to the statue or other-wise interacting appropriately with the statue(face of person does not need to show, gps does not need to be in photo).
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