“Peacock Monument”

On each side of the gate is a bronze column topped with a peacock entitled “Peacock Monument” by American sculptor, Dan Ostermiller (b.1956). They are a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.

 Wildlife sculptor Dan Ostermiller was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming the son of a famous taxidermist. At a young age, he knew he wanted to be an artist and his technical knowledge and appreciation of animals developed early under his father’s tutelage.  Ostermiller places great importance on spending time in nature and the animals’ habitat to increase his knowledge of animal behavior.  Along with a high level of craftsmanship, his realistic style strives to capture the “character” of each animal.  His sculptures have won numerous awards and they are included in many museum and private collections across the country.

As you reach the Upper Terrace the scope of the Sculpture Garden is revealed.The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden was completely redesigned in 2006/2007 by landscape architect Morgan Wheelock. It was based on the following principles:

  • Accessibility for all visitors
  • The site must be both a garden and an outdoor museum
  • It must have many intimate outdoor "rooms," and be a place of artistic refuge for calm and contemplation
The hardscape on the Upper Terrace consists of Brazilian Quartzite in both yellow and green. This stone was mined and cut to the garden designer's specifications.