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In this episode of the Unmistakable creative, Nancy Schon talks about her career as a sculptor that has spanned multiple decades. Her sculptures have included iconic public works projects such as Make Way for Ducklings in Boston Public Garden,  The Tortoise and the Hare  in Copley Square, and many others. 


  • What it’s like to be an engineer without a license
  • Why we don’t go through life or grow alone
  • Dealing with the challenges of cultural expectations
  • The importance of persistence and handling rejection
  • Working on projects commissioned by the White House
  • When we don’t have common language, but a common goal
  • Why some of the most important moments of our lives come from negative experiences
  • The kind of persistence needed to create public art 
  • Learning to “use your hand”
  • The commonality between all art forms and the creative process
  • How you know when your work is finished 
  • Learning to make art that is timeless 

Nancy Schon is a sculptor who represents themes centered around groups of people- how they interact and relate, and the interplay of feelings as “frozen emotions” which tell a story and evoke a response from the viewer through the gestures of the figures.

Originally aired over 2 years ago.

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