Over twenty years ago, in 1994, the quarterback of the NY Jets, Boomer Esiason, was honored with the March of Dimes Father and Child bronze award, an honor previously bestowed upon Arthur Ashe, Mickey Mantle, Tom Seaver, and Chris Evert. After speaking passionately about his son Gunnar’s diagnosis with cystic fibrosis and the work being done by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, Boomer was introduced to the creator and sculptor of the March of Dimes award, Marc Mellon.
Immediately after meeting Marc, Boomer presented his idea of having a new award made – and so, the BEF Most Valuable Player award began to take shape.
Marc Mellon is one of America’s premier figurative sculptors and no stranger to honoring achievements through his works. In the sports world, everyn NBA MVP since Larry Bird has been honored with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which Mellon sculpted 28 years ago. Mellon is also the sculptor of the WNBA MVP Trophy, The NCAA Centennial Sculpture, The NBA Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, and several football awards including the Rimington Trophy, named for BEF President, Dave Rimington.
Beyond sports Mellon is well known for his portrait busts and statues, his medallic work, and limited edition bronzes celebrating dance and family life. His prominent works include busts sculpted from life sittings of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, legendary performer Tony Bennett, President George HW Bush, and most recently noted journalist and author Tom Wolfe. Mellon's works are in numerous museum collections. The artist is currently being filmed for a documentary exploring art and the concept of immortality.
A retrospective of Mellon's dance bronzes will be held at Fairfield University's Walsh Art Center opening September 17, 2015. Included will be new works Mellon is developing with American Ballet Theatre dancer models.
Mellon receives much of his inspiration from his wife, fellow sculptor Babette Bloch, and his two daughters, Julia and Rachel.
PHASE I: CLAY MODEL
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|PHASE II: THE BASE|
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