Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christopher park and the 'Stonewall' gay sculptures from George Segal

Almost 35 years ago, in 1979, pop sculptor George Segal was commissioned by the Mildred Andrews Fund, a private Cleveland-based foundation that supports public art, to create a sculpture that would commemorate the famous 1969 rebellion in front of the Stonewall bar in New York.
That rebellion and riots marks the beginning of the modern gay liberation.
Below are some pictures of this life-size sculpture.

Picture by Wally Gobetz
Picture by Yotsuba
One plaque gives credit to the sculptor and foundation, and another one allows the public to know more about the location, the bar, the park, the artist, the foundation, etc. The long text is part of the NYC Historical Signs Project.


Below is a photograph of a sculpture copy, installed on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California (copyright Ingrid Taylor).

George Segal biography and more détails on his artist's life and works can be seen in wikipedia here and at the Artist's Cafe here. A retrospective was also held in 2002 at the Hermitage in St Petersburg (see here).