Art: Inanimate Stepchildren

Imperial Rome was once so full of sculptures that the inanimate population of the city came close to outnumbering the walk & talk variety. The U.S. is contrastingly cold to sculpture; its inanimate population is largely confined to stiff, solitary, pigeon-besmirched, cast-iron characters in parks. Manhattan's 84-man Sculptors Guild has spent 13 years trying to right the situation, and last week the guild tried again with an exhibition of its members' work at the Museum of Natural History.

The chief point of the show was that sculpture can play an integral part in...

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