Led by the design of sculptor Robert Shure, Skylight Studios has produced an impressive amount of sculptures to honor historic people of the past and present. Their work includes plaques and busts to over life-size bronze figures.
Sigmund Freud – Worcester, MA
Freud, the famed father of psychoanalysis, sits on a low wall at Clark University in Worcester. He had given a series of lectures at the University in 1909, which was also his only visit to the United States. It is an interactive sculpture in which the viewer can sit opposite Freud on the wall, look into his piercing eyes, and be analyzed.
Benjamin Franklin – Franklin, MA
This statue of Benjamin Franklin sits in the first town to be named after him, Franklin, Massachusetts. Ben sits pensively while engaged in his books.
Donald McKay – East Boston, MA
Donald McKay was a well-known shipbuilder in the mid-19th century. His clipper ships gained him worldwide respect. The statue faces towards the location of the shipyard in East Boston where his clipper ships were built.
George Washington Profile in the Entryway of the Washington Monument
This heroic-size bronze portrait relief was designed and completed by Robert Shure in 1995. The 13 oak leaves, a symbol of strength, surround the portrait and George Washington’s signature is incorporated within the design. Robert Shure and Skylight Studios received the Federal Design Achievement Award for this sculpture and renovations in the South Lobby of the Monument.
General John Stark
Major General John Stark fought with the Continental Army during the American Revolution and is remembered for his leadership in the Battle of Bennington. This sculpture was inspired by a model originally made by the sculptor John Rogers. Three over-life-size bronzes were cast and are located at the Bennington Battle Monument in VT, Manchester City Hall in NH, and in Stark, NH.
Molly Stark – Wilmington, VT
Molly Stark was the wife of General John Stark and the mother of 11 children. During the American Revolution, she was always ready to support John and his troops, such as being their nurse when many developed smallpox and opening up their home as an infirmary. She is shown with a baby in one arm, a flintlock musket in the other, and striding forward. The sculpture is located on the historic Molly Stark Trail in Wilmington, VT.
George M. Cohan – Providence, RI
This sculpture marks the birthplace of this famous American composer, actor, singer, and songwriter. Cohan (1878-1942) wrote and appeared in many Broadway musicals and in movies, defining the genre of musical comedies. He also penned the well-known songs “Over There” and “Yankee Doodle Boy.”
Cy Young – Boston, MA
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.
Other portraits of historic figures include:
- Lucy Stone, Dorothea Lynde Dix, Florence Luscomb, Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, and Sarah Parker Redmond at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA
- Catherine Filene Shouse at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA
- Don Orione at the Don Orione Shrine in Boston, MA
- George Cleaves in Portland, ME
- Edwin Land at the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, MA
- Clara Barton at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA
- E. Virginia Williams at the Boston Ballet in Boston, MA
- James Madison at Montpelier in Montpelier Station, VA
- Orville and Wilbur Wright at the Aero Club of New England in Boston, MA
- Reverend John Pingry at the Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ
- Ignatius of Loyola Memorial and Plaque at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA
- Ted Williams Tunnel Plaque at both entrances of the Tunnel in Boston, MA
- Ted Williams Sculpture at the Ted Williams Museum in St. Petersburg, FL
- Thomas Jefferson at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY
- Officer John DiNapoli at Heritage Park in Holyoke, MA
- Eddie Robinson, legendary football coach, Grambling State University in Grambling, LA
- Edward Triangolo, co-founder of Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI
- Morris Gaebe, co-founder of Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI
- George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival
- Joe DiMaggio Plaque at Yankee Stadium in NY