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Reinhold Niebuhr was one of the great theologians of the 20th century. As one of my teachers, I was inspired to make his portrait. He approved the idea but he said he would rather not have to pose for it. I had to find photographs of him from every place I could think of around New York City, and work from them.

When I finished it, I showed him photographs of the sculpture and he gave his approval. “Just don’t cast me in bronze because I am not dead yet,” he said. Consequently, I cast it in plaster, and after his death had it cast in bronze. It is in the Union Theological Seminary Library.