Copper in the Arts

April 2016

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Unveils Champions in Bronze

Marc Mellon at work. Marc Mellon at work.
Photograph courtesy of Marc Mellon.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center recently unveiled Champions in Bronze, an exhibit of iconic sports sculptures by Marc Mellon, one of America’s foremost figurative sculptors.

Known for his portrait busts, commemorative statues and other works in bronze, Mellon’s works are highly recognizable throughout the sports world. They include the NBA MVP and WNBA MVP trophies, both of which are featured among the 15 works in the exhibit. Legendary athletes such as Arthur Ashe, Mickey Mantle, Chris Evert and Michael Jordan have been recognized and honored with Mellon bronzes.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mellon’s interest in exploring human core values is evident in works such as his sculpture of former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason holding his young son Gunnar, which the Boomer Esiason Foundation awards annually to individuals who lead in fighting cystic fibrosis.

Dance, sport, and family life, as well as portrait busts of luminaries in public service, religion, science, philanthropy, and the arts are primary subjects for Mellon, whose works have been displayed from New York to Tokyo, and are featured in numerous private and public collections and on dozens of college campuses.

Among his many subjects are Muhammad Ali (which is on display as part of Champions in Bronze), Eli Wiesel, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Pope John Paul II, Albert Einstein, Tom Wolfe, Tony Bennett, George H.W. Bush, George Eastman and others.

Champions in Bronze will run through September 2016.

Resources:

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ, (973) 655-2378

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