Skylight Studios has designed, created, and installed monuments and sculptures that commemorate many notable historic events. These works include bronze sculpture that is set in a memorial plaza, garden, or natural site. Many of the designs also feature a pictorial and written narrative that tells the story of the event. They all become pieces of reflection and education.
Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial – Providence, RI
This multi-component memorial commemorates the history of the Great Famine in Ireland (1845-1851) and everyone affected by it. The sculpted timeline relief describes in text and sculpture relief the beginning of the Famine and its effects, the trip of thousands of Irish across the Atlantic, and the new lives many made in Providence. In addition, a heroic-size bronze sculpture composition of three figures acts as both a pieta in mourning the loss of so many and a sign of hope as the standing male figure looks towards the future for Famine victims in America. Also, the redesigned landscape and walkways create a peaceful location for remembrance and memorial events.
The Strand Theatre Fire Memorial – Brockton, MA
This Memorial commemorates the historic fire that destroyed the Strand Theatre on March 10, 1941. Thirteen men of the Brockton Fire Department lost their lives in the incident and the Memorial is a constant reminder to viewers of their sacrifice. The names of all thirteen are inscribed and gold-leafed in the front of the polished granite base. Narrative plaques on the perimeter of the plaza tell the story of the tragic fire.
Pony Express Monument Replication
The monumental size replication is located on the grounds of “This is the Place” State Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. The original was designed by the noted sculptor Avard Fairbanks in the mid-20th century but never created. Robert Shure and Skylight Studios remade the design in clay in collaboration with Avard Fairbanks’ sons and then had it cast in bronze. Later a second copy was cast and placed on the Pony Express Trail in Wyoming. The sculpture is an astounding 25 feet long and 22 feet high.
Cy Young and the First World Series
Cy Young, the winningest pitcher of all time, led the Boston Pilgrims (now the Boston Red Sox) to a championship at the First World Series in 1903. The Pilgrims played this historic series at the Huntington Avenue Grounds which was Boston’s first ballpark predating Fenway Park. The Grounds, since being demolished, is now incorporated into Northeastern University’s campus. In the statue, Young is in the classic pitcher’s stance concentrating on the batter, the sign from the catcher, and his next pitch.