Monuments Conservation Program
In 1997, the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program was launched with two initial goals: to augment through private investment the City's care of its public art collection and to train the next generation of conservators.
The Citywide Monuments Conservation Program performs conservation and maintenance of the extensive and irreplaceable public art collection in New York City's parks. The program is supported by individual, corporate, and foundation grants; the City Parks Foundation is its fiscal sponsor.
Since its inception, the program has conserved 60 sculptures and provided full-scale, high-quality annual care for more than 100 additional sculptures and monuments. The work crews consist of seasonal conservation trainees selected from graduate programs in historic preservation, objects conservation, art history, and fine arts. The apprentices work under the direction of the Monuments Program's professional conservation staff.
Seeking to avoid cycles of renovation and decline, the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program performs regular follow-up maintenance of previously conserved statuary, ensuring consistently high aesthetic conditions.
Contributions to the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program may support general operations, special projects and monuments endowments.
Donations are payable to the City Parks Foundation and should be sent to the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program, The Arsenal, Room 20, Central Park, New York, NY 10065. If you would like to learn more, please call the Monuments Coordinator at (212) 360-8143.
Historical Monument Conservation
With support from the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) this film was taken in the 1930s by Karl Gruppe (1893-1982), chief sculptor of the Monument Restoration Project of the New York City Parks Department, from 1934 to 1937. It documents Gruppe’s modeling and creation of the Henry Hudson Monument in the Bronx, as well as Parks Monuments Restoration Crew activities in the mid to late 1930s.