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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall has arrived in Madison Square Park -- but so have spring, winter and summer.

On Thursday, a new series of bronze cast statues by the Los Angeles-based artist Alison Saar was unveiled among the park's foliage. Based on the Greek myth of Persephone, the sculptures use the female form in various stages to walk parkgoers through the changing of the seasons.

"I'd often stroll through and I was always amazed at the transformation of the park throughout the year," said Saar, who used to live a few blocks from Madison Square Park. "Not only with the fall foliage and barren winters, but also how the park itself would be bustling in the summer and near dormant in winter."

Check out images of the sculptures below. The pieces will be on view through through Dec. 31.

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"Summer" is represented by a pregnant figure whose belly is surrounded by fireflies in honor of the season.
A harvest woman, with branches for hair holding fruit in her dress is
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A harvest woman, with branches for hair holding fruit in her dress is "Fall" for Saar.
Two figures huddle in rest in
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Two figures huddle in rest in "Winter."
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"Spring" depicts an adolescent girl whose hair is covered in chrysalises.
Finally, two sculptures Saar created in 1994,
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Finally, two sculptures Saar created in 1994, "Treesouls" round out the collection of bronze cast statues.

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