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Art Students Craft Monumental Exhibit Along Hudson Waterfront

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The waterfront along Manhattan's West Side is getting a new look with the installation of seven monumental sculptures.

The "Model to Monument" exhibit opened Thursday at Riverside Park South along the Hudson and will stick around for a year.

The artwork was created by students from the Arts Student League of New York through a partnership with the Parks Department.

"This year's theme is a collective decision to use the idea of flux, change, the four elements, air, water along the Hudson and their works are tied into that very model," said Model to Monument Program Director Greg Wyatt.

Emerging artists work for nine months on the art which is on display between roughly 62nd Street and 72nd Street.

"It's an interesting paradox, you have a unique work of art coming out of what I think is a very collaborative experience," said Art Students League of New York Executive Director Ira Goldberg.

Program Director and Master Sculptor Greg Wyatt, who mentors the artists, says besides creating something that fits into its surroundings, there was a theme this year.

"The word flux, the theme of flux, meaning constant change," Wyatt said.

Queens native Damien Vera used stainless steel and diamond plate for his work called "Cope". Inside are stone figures that glow with the help of solar power lighting.

"I didn't want a sculpture people can look at, but something they could walk around, walk through, eat lunch there even if they wanted too," Vera said.

This year, visitors who want to find out more about the sculptures can take a free guided audio tour using their phone.

"It's just nice to see what the youth and artists can generate," said one onlooker.

"When I take walks or run by here it's just nice to see new artworks," said another onlooker.

"I actually take photos with my dog with all of the sculptures, I have a photo of her with one of the ones from last year," said a third.

For more information, visit theartstudentsleague.org.

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