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Milton Hebald (1917–2015)

The sculptor Milton Hebald died last week in West Hollywood, California, reports Sam Robert in the New York Times. He was known for his twenty-three public works installed around Manhattan, including two in front of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park–figures depicting Romeo and Juliet, unveiled in 1977, and Prospero and Miranda from The Tempest, which were dedicated in 1996 in honor of Joseph Papp, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival. Hebald also created a bust of the opera tenor singer Richard Tucker in a plaza across from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 1952, the city commissioned him to design a sculpture for the facade of a Bronx tuberculosis hospital. In 1961, his 220-foot-long bas-relief Zodiac Screen was installed as a windscreen at the entrance to the Pan Am terminal, at what later became John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Hebald was born in 1917 in Manhattan. He studied at the Arts Students League, the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, and the National Academy of Design and taught at the Cooper Union and the Brooklyn Museum of Art before winning the Rome Prize fellowship from the American Academy in Rome in 1955. He would remain in Italy for nearly fifty years. Two of Hebald's pieces are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.