Featured in museum, corporate and private collections, Rubin Peacock’s bronze sculptures are unique creations cast in his own foundry and hand-finished by him.
These works emerge from a timeless appreciation of form, unity, tension, and mysticism. They stand solidly, unshakable in their concentration of energy and purity of craftsmanship.
Emerging from centuries of sculptural tradition in bronze, they are totems very much of today. They pry into the idioms of our time, yet retain the influence and sincerity of their European past. These sculptures merge the architectonic rigidity of geometrical shapes with an organic strength and flowing force of nature.
“I think of my homes as large-scale works of art. Typically, they’re left-for-dead buildings with a tattered past that I mold into something new. I like to furnish these homes/studios/galleries with original small bronze maquettes. They take me back in time and provide the relaxing pleasure of reflecting on the circumstances and memories of their larger versions.”
The clouds love it! Although commissioned by two prominent philanthropists in 1982 for their Richmond VA residence, Rubin Peacock’s “Pentangle” seems anciently rooted in its new hilltop home at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, “Pentangle” was recently installed on The Trails of the SVM.
After searching for several years for a unique sculpture to fill a space delegated for that purpose in their new architect-designed home, Jeanette and Eric Lipman commissioned “Pentangle.” The sculpture required a low profile while filling a 20’ x 15’ outdoor space. It had to contextualize with the modern design and natural setting of the house. Importantly, it needed to support majestic views of the James River.
The challenging hillside installation required a crane to hoist the large bronze from street level, about 25 ft. Upon the death of the owners, the work was acquired by the VMFA, from whom it is on loan to the SVM.
The SVM is in Winchester—about 150 miles from Richmond and 75 miles from Washington, DC. The Trails is a network of paths with art installations where visitors—and their dogs—can walk, run, cycle and take a deep breath, 7 a.m. to sunset, throughout the year.