Art: Water & Bronze

SCULPTOR Carl Milles, 80 years old this week, is a monument to the fact that monuments can be lovely. His conservative colleagues, e.g., Paul Manship, Oronzio Maldarelli, stick to classical patterns, yet come no closer to Praxiteles than a mannequin looks like a man. More radical sculptors such as Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein, on the other hand, often go in for deliberate ugliness of a sort calculated to give ordinary park strollers the heebie jeebies. Milles' monuments are both conservative and alive, both popular and poetic.

Today, in the parks, gardens, and public squares of more than a dozen cities in...

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