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.
M2M Year 3
M2M Year 2
M2M Year 1
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.
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 Year 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.