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Life-size Edgar Allan Poe statue picked for Boston square

Committee chooses giant Edgar Allan Poe statue to go in space near the writer's birthplace.

Edgar Allan Poe will soon be striding through Boston with a giant raven by his side.

After a lengthy review process, a five-member artist selection committee picked a statue design of Poe to commemorate his birth place here in the Hub, as well as his writing career.

The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston announced Monday that the statue of Poe they picked was designed by local sculptor Stefanie Rocknak.

Rocknak, who is also a philosophy professor in New York, said the statue will be cast in bronze and feature Poe walking through Poe Square with a raven and suitcase, with a trail of papers and a heart behind him.

The life-size sculpture will be called "Poe Returning to Boston" and be displayed at the intersections of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, close to where Poe was born in 1809.

"The sense of Poe returning triumphant with creative ideas bursting forth from his suitcase is very appealing," said project manager Jean Mineo in a statement.

The space where the statue will go in Poe Square was dedicated to the writer by Mayor Thomas Menino in 2009 during the city's bicentennial celebrations.

"Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential writers ever born in the City of Boston. As a city proud of its rich history, I'm so pleased to see this wonderful tribute come to fruition,"

said Menino.

Rocknak beat out 265 other artists from 42 states and 13 countries to have her artwork put in the square.