When Mill Creek MetroPark leaders decided in the early 1900s to build a statue to honor the park’s founder, Volney Rogers, they sought out the best artist in America for the job. They wound up hiring world-renowned sculptor Frederick C. Hibbard for the statue, dedicated in 1920.
In a similar pursuit of the “best of the best,” organizers of the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue have connected with modern-day, world-class artist, Marc Mellon. He was recommended by Dr. Louis Zona, director and chief curator for the Butler Institute of American Art.
“The choice of Marc Mellon to create this most important public artwork is ideal,” Dr. Zona said recently. “Since Youngstown played such an important role in this great event, we should go for the best representational sculptor in the country, and that is Marc Mellon.”
Here’s a partial list of Mellon’s high-profile works in bronze:
- Pope John Paul II, presented to His Holiness by The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, Sacred Heart University
- President George H.W. Bush (“41”), Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery
- Taiwan President Lee Teng-Hui, Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan
- Tony Bennett, collection of The Players Club, New York City
- The annual NBA and WNBA MVP Awards
- The Boomer Esiason Foundation MVP Award
- The Dave Rimington Trophy (College Football Center of the Year)
- The Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award (NBA)
Marc says he is devoted to this project for its historic significance and, more importantly, its significance during this time of political and cultural divisiveness. (Read more about Marc and his work on his website.)