A Boston Magazine cover of multi-hued sneakers shaped into a heart, framing the headline "We Will Finish the Race," is drawing acclaim as a symbol of hope and recovery in the aftermath of the deadly marathon bombings.
The May issue, which hit newsstands Friday, was nearly completed April 15 when the twin bombs exploded a few blocks from the magazine's office near
"It was a perfect moment," Wolfson said. "It was so powerful, in fact, we decided what we really needed to do is scrap the essays and start telling the stories of the people who wore the shoes."
But as a tight deadline loomed, they had one problem.
"We don't have any shoes at that point," he said. "It's like shoes were gold for the next two days."
Using social media and reaching out to friends, family and acquaintances, the staff gathered about 60 pairs by the time Struble needed to drive to
The portrait that resulted was haunting: Shoes in red hues form the inside edges of the heart, giving way to green, blue, gray, white and other shades. In the middle, against a heart-shaped black background, is the message of survival.
Meanwhile, the staff divvied up the runners for interviews about what the tragedy meant to them.
"We hope it becomes a forum," Wolfson said.
The cover is being turned into a poster, and all proceeds will benefit One Fund — Boston, a charitable effort to raise money for the victims.
"The thing I keep hearing is it's a message of going forward, it's a message of moving on," he said. "Not that it isn't important to examine the moment. Absolutely it is. [But] as a city, it's about beginning the next process."