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Parks Dept. Collaborates with Artists to Bring Art to Public

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A couple of city parks will soon see some monumental changes.

It's all part of a program called Models to Monuments from the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Art Students League of New York.

Artists submitted sculptures to the program for judging, and the seven winners will have their pieces installed in Manhattan's Riverside Park South for a full year.

"The whole point of the program is that it's continuing a tradition of public art, and the artist's responsibility to the public. So all of these sculptures that you see are site-specific installations," says ASLNY communications manager Rudy Bravo.

"Actually I want to inspire everyday people that come to the park. I want to be an inspiration to them to look at this piece and be happy about it," says winning artist Anna Sofia Marti.

This year's winners will also work on a collaborative piece to be installed in Van Cortlandt Park later this year.

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