under foreboding skies, Sculptor Greg Wyatt revealed his design for an intricate bronze sculpture on the banks of the Hudson River in Hastings.
This morning—under clear, blue skies—Wyatt, Mayor Peter Swiderski and Congressman Eliot Engel revealed the real thing in a ceremony complete with champagne.
The result of a congressional resolution honoring the Hudson River School of Painting, Wyatt was commissioned by the Heritage Fund with support from the Newington Cropsey Foundation to design a sculpture that would stand up to New York's harsh winters and commemorate the rich artistic history right here in the lower Hudson Valley.
Wyatt described the inspiration for the bronze piece as: "the excuisite palisades just across the river" the "painters at the Hudson River School [who] planted their easels right here on the banks of the Hudson, painting scenes like what we see before us."
Engel—who signed the resolution granting the funds for the commission—said he was happy to be able to step away from the more pressing events congress is battling now and be able to give back to one of the communities he represents.
In an email imploring residents to attend the ceremony, Mayor Swiderski wrote:
Hastings played a central role in the development of that school: Jasper Cropsey, one of the central figures in the artistic movement, had his home and studio in Hastings, where a number of his works were painted. The Hudson River School was noted for its romantic, pastoral visions, often set in the Catskills or along the Hudson River. They frequently juxtaposed Roman or Greek ruins set against the rugged Catskill streams or Hudson River cliffs – a romantic idyll that spoke to the fascination of the time with the ancient era as well as a romantic ideal popular too at the time. The sculpture to be unveiled depicts such a ruin, and is meant to be viewed against the dramatic cliffs across the river, evoking the painterly scenes once composed on our very own shores.
Have you seen the bronze statue (right next to ) yet? What do you think?
Special thanks to Hastings' Jen Corso for her contributions to this gallery.
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