Henry Simon

 


 

Henry Simon
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1986
Brass and copper
Life-size

 
Henry Simon is a self-taught African American artist who began sculpting at an early age.  His father taught him how to make toys from bits of wire and other found objects.  After moving to New Jersey and teaching himself to solder, braze and weld, Simon began making realistic sculptures of people, animals, and cars from copper and brass “junk.”

 
A memorial statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Henry Simon was commissioned by Passaic County Community College and dedicated by Governor Thomas Kean at a special ceremony in 1986.   The life-size brass and copper sculpture stands inside the entrance to the College on Broadway.

 
Simon’s metal sculptures are in many public and private collections in New Jersey and New York.