Arlene Shechet Full Steam Ahead Ice Sculpture
Arlene Shechet, artist of Full Steam of Ahead, has collaborated with Shintaro Okamoto, master ice carver, to bring the apparition of two historical figures back to Madison Square Park, in the form of two large-scale ice sculptures. One will be the female muse, Audrey Munson: situated near Saint-Gaudens’ bronze Farragut and Shechet’s carved wooden figure, this figure’s little-known history as the inspiration for dozens of public statues will be brought back. The other, modeled off the Statue of Liberty’s torch and hand, will recall the presence of this original icon in Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882 as a fundraising effort.
On February 1st, from 4-6pm, Okamoto Studio will be onsite live carving these sculptures, which in the coming days will melt and morph under changing weather conditions, dissolving these figures back into history.
Audrey Munson Bust sculpture – approx.. 65”H x 24”W x 20”D
Statue of Liberty sculpture – approx.. 72”H x 30”W x 20”D
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