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Pete Seeger State Opening Press release

News Release

For Immediate Release: For more information contact: Saturday, May 5, 2018 Neal Rosenstein (917) 575-4317 Statue Honoring Pete Seeger Unveiled to Public
Weekend of Concerts & Events Honors Singer Activist
The Puffin Foundation officially unveiled a major new sculptural work honoring legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger earlier today. The marble and bronze piece was opened to the public at the Puffin Sculpture Garden in Teaneck New Jersey, at one of the entrances to the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Seeger, whose versions and compositions of such classics such as We Shall Overcome and If I Had a Hammer, passed away in January of 2014.

The Puffin Foundation sought the permission of the Seeger family to proceed with a sculpture honoring the folksinger’s life and activism. Noted sculptor Gary Sussman was commissioned to craft the work which features a life size bronze of singer-activist, seated on a 15-ton marble bench that highlights many of the issues that he championed over the course of his life.

“Pete played an extraordinary role as a voice of conscience over his life. He was a visionary, fighting for the rights of workers, against the Vietnam War, in support of civil rights, and to clean up the Hudson River among so many other important causes,” said Perry Rosenstein the President of the Puffin Foundation. “His music will live on for generations, but we wanted to create a tribute where families and kids can come for years to come to visualize this great American and learn about his important contributions,” he added.

"Pete Seeger's message of social and environmental activism is needed just as much today, if not more than when he wrote his songs of freedom, peace, love and respect for mankind and the environment,” said Gary Sussman, the sculptor of the work. “This monument is here to remind us of his reason for living and that he tried to help all of use live a better life in harmony with each other and nature," he added.

A weekend of concerts and events celebrating the opening of the statue was held at the Foundation’s offices in Teaneck, New Jersey, including films on Seeger’s life and a headline concert by Tom Chapin. Photos of the sculpture and a listing of the weekend’s events are available at