In a world filled with such sadness and confusion, I think that is why it is such a pleasure to sit in the Boston Public Library courtyard and stare into these faces filled with such joy and awe. The actual name of the sculpture is Bacchante and Infant Faun. It is a replica of the bronze sculpture created by Frederick William MacMonnies.
You can read an interesting and very detailed analysis of the statue’s history in Boston and at the BPL via this link. In short, while treasured today, this naked figure serving the infant god, Bacchus, caused quite the uproar in 1890’s Boston. Imagine that. 😉