Model to Monument: Public Art in NYC

Akihiro Ito's monumental Forever in Riverside Park South in Manhattan.

Model to Monument is a Training Program for Sculptors Producing Public Art in NYC

Model to Monument (M2M) is a partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation continuing the rich tradition of public art in NYC. M2M trains artists to produce work for public spaces and installs the work in Riverside Park South in Manhattan and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Each year, these eight public sculptures are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors. Greg Wyatt, League instructor and sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, leads the program.

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 realized public monuments.

Thank You to M2M Sponsors

Year Six of M2M is sponsored in part by Ludmila Schwarzenberg Bidwell, Susan Dryfoos, and Kathleen Seidel, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

DCA_logoPast years of M2M have been 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; the Extell Development Company; the Aldyn at Riverside Park South; 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; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

To support the program, please contact Ken Park at 212-247-4510, ext. 165, or kpark@artstudentsleague.org.

 

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Click to Explore This Year’s Monuments

This year’s M2M sculptors explore the theme of “The Public Square” in Riverside Park South and offer “an interpretation of the ancient idea of the public square as a locus of communal themes and discourse,” as described by writer Michael D. Rips. A collaborative piece in Van Cortlandt Park, … and We Breathe explores the theme of air.

The Year Six M2M artists are: Aaron Bell, Sheila Berger, James Emerson, Tanda Francis, Markus Rudolph Holtby, Sarah Thompson Moore, and Shiho Sato.

 

 

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Explore the Final Sculptures for Previous Years of Model to Monument

Riverside038A

Year 1

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ESW_6685

Year 2

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ESW_3512

Year 3

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M2M_Merman

Year 4

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ESW_0215

Year 5

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