26. Neptune

Ira Bruce Reines

Neptune, 1981, bronze

Anonymous gift

Collection of The Society of the Four Arts, 1981.3

A diminutive statue of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, is installed at the end of Mary Nell and Ralph B. Rogers Fountain. Ira Bruce Reines is a self-taught artist who began making sculptures at the age of five. A variant of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Neptune and Triton, it is in the tradition of the Italian Baroque sculpture. Later, he developed a style he coined “Sculptural Etherealism” in which he strove to capture the spiritual processes of awakening and enlightenment his figures.