He’s one of New Jersey’s most celebrated 20th Century artists, with a deeply personal approach to sculpture. George Segal (1924-2000) lived most of his life in Central New Jersey in the vicinity of New Brunswick. In the early 1960s, he first experimented with using dry plaster bandages (manufactured by Johnson & Johnson) to create body casts from live models. The life-size figurative sculptures that resulted can be found in museums and public spaces around the world. In New Jersey, there a examples in Trenton, New Brunswick and at Montclair State University. In Washington, D.C., Segal’s Bread Line is a striking part of our nation’s F.D.R. Memorial, evoking the Great Depression. The sculpture Gay Liberation is a iconic work in New York City’s Christopher Park next to the Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement.
State of the Arts producer Amber Edwards created this personal profile of George Segal’s life and work for national distribution on PBS in 2000.