February 1, 2019 4:00 PM
Full Steam Ahead artist Arlene Shechet will collaborate with master ice carver Shintaro Okamoto to bring two historical figures to Madison Square Park in the form of two large-scale ice sculptures, to be realized on site in the Park on Friday, February 1 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM by Okamoto Studios.
One sculpture, a likeness of the early twentieth-century artist’s model Audrey Munson, a figure who was renowned in her day, but whose significance has been largely overlooked. Munson (1891-1996) was distinguished in the early 1900s for her role as muse and inspiration to artists including Alexander Stirling Calder, Daniel Chester French and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Her likeness appears across New York City: she is Alma Mater on the steps of Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library; Miss Manhattan, once the gateway sculpture to the Manhattan Bridge and now in the Brooklyn Museum collection; and she adorns the Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. In the Park, the bust in ice of Munson will be situated near the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument by Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Munson’s likeness is also adjacent to Shechet’s carved wooden female figure, Forward, currently installed on the monument’s steps. Also on view will be a six-feet high ice work modeled on the iconic Statue of Liberty’s torch and hand, originally on view in Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882 as a fundraising effort to support the Statue’s completion and installation in New York Harbor.
Over several days, the ice sculpture will melt and transform under changing weather conditions, returning these figures into the historical past. Ice as a medium or material for sculpture is evanescent, vanishing and fleeting.
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