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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.
Greg Wyatt, upon the completion of his B.A. in art history at Columbia College in 1971, studied classical sculpture for three years at the National Academy of Design’s School of Fine Arts under sculptor Evangelos Frudakis, N.A. He earned his M.A. at Columbia University, Teachers College, in ceramic arts in 1974, becoming a candidate for his Ed.D. He completed his doctoral course work in art education in 1976.
Cast bronze is Mr. Wyatt’s primary medium of artistic expression. Dr. Anthony Janson, editor of Janson’s History of Art, has stated that Mr. Wyatt’s work is based on the philosophy of “spiritual realism.” His mature style merges realistic images inspired by his readings of the Great Books with creative masses of form, space, and energy. His lyricism evokes poetry while his work is attentive to craftsmanship and the fine details of cast bronze.
Mr. Wyatt’s works include a twelve-foot high bronze World War II memorial, The Price of Freedom (2010), permanently placed at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center in Virginia. Permanently placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the bronze model of The Price of Freedom (2003), Arlington National Cemetery. Other works include Soaring American Eagle (2000), North Courtyard of Harry S. Truman Building, U.S. Dept. of State, Washington, DC; Peace Fountain (1985), The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NYC; Tempest (2000), Hamlet (2001), King Lear (2002), Julius Caesar (2003), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005), Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK; Scholars’ Lion and Volcanus at the Comune di Poppi-Castello dei Conti Guidi, Arezzo, Italy; Two Rivers at Museo Dell’Opera del Duomo di Pisa, Pisa, Italy; and Socrates Equus Urns at Musei dei Civici with Giotto’s Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padova, Italy.