1. Aaron Bell Installs Original Sculpture, Stand Tall, Stand Loud, in Riverside Park
The original “Stand Tall, Stand Loud” by Aaron Bell now in place
The Art Students League Model to Monument (M2M) sculptures arrived in Riverside Park in June. Seven artists were chosen to exhibit including Aaron Bell‘s piece Stand Tall, Stand Loud. With initial hesitation by the New York City Parks Department, Bell’s sculpture was not permitted to include a noose at the top, and was installed instead with two wide open mouths, which stood for speaking up for your rights. After further consideration, it was decided that Stand Tall, Stand Loud would revert back to its original intention, and was replaced in July. On the base of his piece, these words are inscribed: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” As it now stands, overlooking the Hudson River, it has done just that – generating discussion. Mr. Bell accomplished his mission.