5. Peacock Monument

Dan Ostermiller

Peacock Monument, 2004, bronze

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.

Collection of The Society of the Four Arts, 2006.2.1-.2

American sculptor Dan Ostermiller (b. 1956), a former president of the National Sculpture Society of America, is based in Colorado. He specializes in animals, both wild and domestic, in the tradition of the 19th-century French animaliers such as Antoine-Louis Barye (but without Barye’s savagery). He developed his understanding of animal forms from his father Roy, who was a renowned taxidermist. Monumental on tall square columns, this pair of noble peacocks celebrate the entrance to the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden.