Our friend Frederick MacMonnies is back in the news. Though he is long dead, the artist's 1922 sculpture "Civic Virtue" just keeps making headlines. The piece, which depicts an enormous male figure standing over prostrate female figures, was intended for the fountain in City Hall, but was exiled to Queens. There were complaints as to how women were portrayed — trampled under foot as the symbols of vice and corruption.
Renewed calls that the statue has no place in the city's civic space prompted Green-Wood Cemetery to speak up on its behalf. They have expressed interest in taking the sculpture and restoring it.
"We could not stand by idle and see a major work by one of America's greatest sculptors be allowed to turn to dust," Green-Wood President Richard Moylan told the Daily News.