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The unveiling ceremony for our new sculpture "Essence" took place on September 27, 2004 at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Essence was commissioned to celebrate NYU Medical Centers award winning Service Standards. We are very proud to have been chosen for this important event.

We thank everyone at NYU Medical Center for their enthusiastic support. Thanks also to Marco Martelli Associates for an excellent job installing "Essence".

Standing 18 feet and weighing over 1,400 lbs, "Essence" was created using Cor-Ten steel for the base and ladder. The figures were cold forged by hand from solid 316L Stainless Steel. Below are some photos of "Essence"

The 3 figures above represent Safety, Physical Environment, and Learning and Professional Growth

Essence has 9 climbing figures. Each represents one of the 9 Service Standards

In Tisch Hospitals waiting room overlooking the court yard where "Essence" is installed the above plaque explains NYU Medical Centers Service Standards.

The composition of the climbing figures draw the viewers eyes skyward

A proclamation from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes September 27th "Service Standards Day".

From left: Mona Sonnenshein, Senior Vice President for hospital operations and Co-Chair of Service Standards oversight committee; Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Radiology, Vice Chairman clinical affairs & operations, & Co-Chair Service Standards oversight committee; Craig Brown Artist and Sculptor. Eric C Rackow, MD, President of NYU Hospital Center; Robert M Glickman, MD, Chief Executive Officer of NYU Hospital Center & Dean of NYU School of Medicine

Craig thanking NYU Medical Centers executives and explaining "Essence" concept and inspirations to the audience.

Hoisting the 350 pound angle iron frame of "Essence" during fabrication.

Welding seams on Cor-Ten pyramid base of "Essence"

Marking rectangular hole to be cut for ladder uprights

Cutting holes using Plasma Torch. Cor-Ten plate is 3/4" thick

Aligning pyramid and frame base before welding together

Welding ladder uprights into counter weight & fastening assembly

Now that it's welded how do I get it into my studio ??

The figures are plasma torch cut by hand from 1/4'' stainless steel plate. Each figure is then cold forged by hand resulting in considerable dents, gouges, and scratches which all have to be carefully disc ground and polished out. This explains the "Tendonitus" I have developed in both arms. Hey, no pain no gain !!

It takes a lot of "Elbow Grease" to get the figure on the left to end up as the figure on the right !! It would not be possible without passion. I am a very lucky guy to be able to spend my time doing what I love !!

 Thank You to all of our collectors !!!!


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