A documentary about 92-year-old sculptor Milton Helbald, making one of his last great works: a self-portrait, which will serve as a memorial when he is gone.
Sculptor Milton Hebald, born in 1917, is best know for his large bronze figures, which occupy prominent public places around the world. Among the best known of these are a pair of Shakespeare themed sculptures in New York's Central Park and a life-sized portrait of James Joyce that was commissioned for the author's tomb in Zurich, Switzerland. Hebald is also known for what was at one time the largest sculpture in the world, a twelve-part bronze zodiac, which once adorned the Pan Am Terminal at New York's JFK airport.
Hebald now lives in Los Angeles and at 92 he is still a prolific sculptor. Before he dies, he plans to make a life sized terracotta self-portrait. He has instructed his assistant to make a cast of this sculpture when he passes and to mix his cremated remains with the clay in the resulting sculpture. The result will be a sculpture in which Helbald has quite literally merged with his work.