Arlene Shechet’s collaboration with master ice carver Shintaro Okamoto brought two historical figures to Madison Square Park in the form of two large-scale ice sculptures. One featured Audrey Munson, the early twentieth-century artist’s model who was renowned in her day, but whose significance has been largely overlooked. Munson (1891-1996) was distinguished in the early 1900s for her role as muse and inspiration to artists including Alexander Stirling Calder, Daniel Chester French and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; her likeness appears in public sculptures across New York City. In the Park, the ice bust of Munson was carved near the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument (by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens), and adjacent to Shechet’s own carved wooden female figure, Forward. The second ice sculpture was a six-foot high work modeled off the iconic Statue of Liberty’s torch and hand, originally on view in Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882 as a fundraising effort to support the Statue’s completion and installation in New York Harbor. Okamoto Studios carved the work beside Shechet’s Channel Liberty (with Fallen Arm). Over several days, the sculptures melted and transformed under changing weather conditions, again returning these figures to the historical past.

Ice carving  after the figure Audrey Munson (right), beside  Forward  (left); performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead , February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the figure Audrey Munson (right), beside Forward (left); performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead, February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving  after the figure Audrey Munson; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead , February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the figure Audrey Munson; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead, February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the figure Audrey Munson (right), beside  Forward  (left); performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead , February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the figure Audrey Munson (right), beside Forward (left); performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead, February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead , February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead, February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead , February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead, February 1, 2019. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead . Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the figure Audrey Munson; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead . Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the figure Audrey Munson; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead . Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the Statue of Liberty’s torch; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead. Photograph by Rich Lee.

 
Ice carving  after the figure Audrey Munson; performed by Okamato Studios in  Full Steam Ahead . Photograph by Rich Lee.

Ice carving after the figure Audrey Munson; performed by Okamato Studios in Full Steam Ahead. Photograph by Rich Lee.