For nearly an hour Shaq allowed people to take pictures with him, put their arms around him and, in some cases, rest their heads on his shoulder. Although he never spoke, he did smile a few times at the comments people made. Then, when he decided it was time, he rose and departed.
Shaq said he got the idea of being a statue from watching a TV special about the British Royal Guards. He was impressed by the way they were able to stand stock still no matter what was going on around them. Regardless of where he got the inspiration, Shaq made a big impression on Boston without saying a word.