Model to Monument: Creating Art for Public Spaces

Model to Monument (M2M) is a five-year partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. M2M trains artists to produce work for public spaces, bringing contemporary sculptures to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors. Greg Wyatt, League instructor and sculptor-in-residence at St. John the Divine, leads the program.


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5


M2M is rooted in the understanding that monuments made for public spaces go through an extensive process of refinement,  from early design phases to  final full-scale sculptures. From the time of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the Italian Renaissance, sculptors have begun their projects with sketches that progress into small scale maquettes (models). Those models are re-worked, large-scale designs are created, work is fabricated, and finally the sculptures are installed as a realized public monuments. In June 2011, the first year of the M2M culminated with the unveiling of of seven monumental sculptures by an international group of League artists in Manhattan’s Riverside Park South and a collaborative sculpture, Mask, in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Additional M2M Sponsors
M2M is supported in part by a generous grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pivotal Place: New York City program, whose goals include cultivating civic life and the natural environment, encouraging immigrant civic participation, and supporting individual achievement and artistic expression. 
M2M is also sponsored by Extell Development Company and The Aldyn at Riverside Park South.

M2M is also supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare.

To support the program, or for more information, contact Logan Metzler at  212-764-7900 or Ken Park at 212-247-4510, ext. 165, or



M2M Year Two

M2M In The News: Year 2

Model To Monument Year 2

Model to Monument Sculptor Noa Shay

Watch NY1 coverage of M2M exhibits
along Hudson Waterfront.

The New York Times notices
"Giant Sculptures Grow in Brooklyn."

The Wall Street Journal writes about
"The Public Challenge" of M2M.


The Gowanus Lounge covers M2M sculptors
at Serett Metalworks Studio.

The Wall Street Journal also featured this
image of "Watching Upon the Present." comments on the Riverside
Park South "Sculpture Garden."

The New York Observer quotes Parks
Commissioner Adrian Benepe. reviews the collaborative
in the Bronx.

 The Associated Press announce the
beginning of M2M: Year 2.



Antiques and the Arts Weekly covers
the unveling of sculptures.



 Video: M2M Year 1

This four-minute video shows the impact of the first year of the Art Students League's Program "Model to Monument: Creating Art for Public Spaces.

The site-specific collaborative monument created for the people of the Bronx in Van Cortlandt Park reflects the sites new use as a space for outdoor theater. Watch the video below to see the construction and installation of "The Mask" featuring the artists of M2M. More M2M video.


  M2M In The News: Year 1

Media coverage of the first year of M2M reached 5 million readers and viewers, from coverage in all 5 major New York newspapers and television outlets FOX, CBS, NBC and NY1.

Model To Monument New York Times

The New York Times writes about the challenges of public art and M2M's preparation of artists.

The Bronx Free Press covers the unveiling fo Mask, M2M's collaborative twelve-foot tall aluminum and steel sculpture in Van Cortland Park.

Watch NY1's coverage of the opening, and read about what some those involved had to say about the project.
   Model to Monument Sculptor Noa Shay  

Newsday covers the M2M opening, as Riverside Park is transformed into an "open-air museum."

The New York Daily News previews the Riverside South installation and interviews sculptor Noa Shay.

This image of M2M sculptor Akihiro Ito made it to The Wall Street Journal's "New York Photos of the Week" page.

The Wall Street Journal also featured this image of Akihiro Ito installing his sculpture "Forever." View a slideshow of the M2M opening and tour the sculptures at

Read about the installation of Forever, a 13-foot piece by M2M sculptor Akihiro Ito, at Manhattan Local News.


Watch M2M bronze pour on

The New York Times covers the bronze pour at Modern Art Foundry

Article in the Riverdale Review about "The Mask"

Coverage in American Artist July/August 2011 issue

Coverage in the Gothamist

Coverage in


Coverage in Public Art Review


Coverage in the The West Side Spirit


About      Classes     New Students     Workshops     Gallery     Events     Residency     Artist Opportunities     LINEA     Contact     Donate       Privacy Statement      Terms Of Use

Copyright 2013 by The Art Students League® of New York