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Milton Hebald

Project Area:  Bunker Hill
Project:  Stuart M. Ketchum Downtown YMCA
Project Location:  401 S. Hope Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Framed by the trees located along the west side of the YMCA's building is a cast bronze sculpture called "Handstand" by Milton Hebald. Perched on a 16' h base, "Handstand" is a towering sculpture of a young male athlete performing a handstand. This piece is believed to be modeled after the artist's grandson.  The sculpture faces the Bonaventure Hotel and is visible from the nearby pedestrian bridge that connects the hotel with the YMCA.

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Milton Hebald briefly studied at the Art Students League in 1927 and the National Academy of Design in 1931 before transferring to the Beaux Arts Institute of Design in 1932 where he worked in the style of direct carving.  In 1953, Hebald attended the American Academy in Rome where he was awarded the Prix de Rome.  In the past decade, the artist has turned his attention to working in the terra cotta and wood mediums because of the significant increase in the cost of bronze.  Hebald’s works are in the permanent collections of the University of California, Los Angeles; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of Art; and the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.  For the past fifty years Hebald has lived and worked in Bracciano, Italy.