Dr. Michael Irving creator
of this artistic masterpiece.
This monument is a voice for all children who have
(3 min., 51 sec.)
A vision that art and cultural activities
can bring about meaningful understanding and effect
change personally and socially guides the focused
determination of Sculptor/Psychotherapist, Michael
C. Irving, Ph.D. Dr. Irving, who has been exhibiting
and selling sculpture in a wide variety of mediums
for more than 30 years.
His stone and bronze sculptures
are in private and corporate collections and have
been exhibited internationally.
Dr. Irving has received art
project grants from individuals, foundations, government
agencies and major corporations. He has won awards
in art, community peace building and his work in
protecting children. He has published and lectured
on art, myth and psychology, been featured in newspapers
and magazines and has appeared on radio and television.
The Child Abuse Survivor Monument was conceived
by Dr. Irving in 1990. As a collaborative social
action arts project he shared the ideas about the
design and function of a memorial with other survivors,
clinicians and artists for their feedback.
In the fall of 1995 discussions
and plans became formalized and a developed project
plan was written up. Hundreds of survivors and community
volunteers have been actively involved in carrying
out the project.
The Sculpting of the
Monument plaster and wax versions of the work is
completed and the first finished cast bronze figure
showed that the work is a masterpiece of contemporary
art that has an extraordinary impact on people.
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