MODEL TO MONUMENT IN RIVERSIDE PARKMay 5, 2011
New York City’s venerable Art Students League is installing eight monumental sculptures in Riverside Park this June, with help from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Model to Monument (M2M), as the program is called, involves seven League students working under master sculptor Greg Wyatt in a nine-month-long program. The prospective monuments, which remain on view for one year along the river from 59th to 72nd streets, range in subject from an abstraction ("conjuring New York City’s past and future") to a life-sized bronze of a girl and her dog looking out at the Hudson River. The seven artists are also collaborating on an eighth work.
The sculptors are Elizabeth Allison, Selva Sanjines, John Balsamo, Noa Shay, Allston Chapman, Matthew White and Akihiro Ito. Wyatt, who is sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, is taking the artists through the entire process involved in making public art, notes Art Students League director Ira Goldberg. Riverside Park is already home to Grant’s Tomb, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, and statues of Joan of Art, Ralph Ellison, Eleanor Roosevelt and others.