AAA Editor Notes
Copley Square, bounded by Boylston St., Dartmouth St., St. James Ave. and Clarendon St. in the Back Bay, is the site of several local landmarks, most notably Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. A statue of John Singleton Copley, the Boston-born painter for whom the public square is named, looks out over busy Boylston Street. Rising high above it all is the gleaming, 60-story John Hancock Tower. Opened in 1976, it is the tallest building in Boston.
Most summer days, office workers and tired tourists can be seen dozing in the square's small, central grassy area or relaxing in front of the fountain, a striking architectural showpiece anchored by two obelisks.
In front of the water feature are two bronze figures: a tortoise and a hare. Created by Nancy Schön and installed in 1993, the sculpture pays tribute to runners who have participated in the Boston Marathon, which has had its finish line at Copley Square since 1986. In the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombings, which exploded on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013, Copley Square served as the site of a makeshift memorial for the victims of the attack.