From heroic-size horses to a playful bunny and turtle to a prowling, over-life size leopard, Skylight Studios has created countless sculptures of animals, both real and fanciful. Some are official school mascots, others enhance parks or residences, and some are actual portraits of the real animals. In all cases, they are animated and expressive.
The Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopard – Boston, MA
This prowling cat sits on top of a natural boulder, greeting students and visitors as they enter the urban campus.
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute Goat – Worcester, MA
This proud, standing goat mascot is overlooking the main quad of the campus. In the early days of the college a real goat, affectionately named Gompei after the student who took care of it, lived on campus and was paraded on a leash to the athletic field before games. The Class of 2009 commissioned the creation of the sculpture in 2008.
Tufts University Elephant – Medford, MA
Jumbo was for many years one of the stars of P.T. Barnum’s circus. After Jumbo died in 1885, his hide was carefully preserved and stuffed and then Barnum, a trustee and benefactor of Tufts, donated it to the school. Eventually Jumbo became the school mascot. He stood proudly in Barnum Hall until he was destroyed in the fire that engulfed the building in 1975. Nowadays Jumbo is represented by a 12-foot-long architectural sculpture that greets all as they enter Dowling Hall.
The Lansburgh Eagle
This eight-foot-high bronze, soaring eagle was commissioned by architect Graham Gund to be the centerpiece in the courtyard of The Lansburgh apartments in Washington, D.C. It is perched on a solid, granite column in the middle of the terrace gardens. Several years later a second copy was cast to be installed in a plaza at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.
Tidal Stream at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Charlestown, MA
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s new facility opened in the Spring of 2013. It is located at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, which is also the home of Old Ironsides (the USS Constitution). Incorporated into the grounds and overlooking the Harbor, a new Tidal Stream park was constructed that allows visitors and residents to visit, sit, and enjoy the views of the Harbor. Visitors will discover within the park dozens of life-size, indigenous animals in bronze including a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a Great Blue Heron, Sandpipers, Piping Plovers, Double-Crested Cormorants, and numerous sea creatures that we created.
Pelican Sculpture – Boca Raton, FL
The over-sized bronze pelican, with letter in beak, sits on top of the mail kiosk. Architecture by Gund Partnership.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats – Hamden, CT
Ten bobcats, the mascot of the University, were designed, modeled in clay, and cast. They were installed as a frieze in the new student center. Architect- Centerbrook Architects & Planners.
Additional animal sculptures include: