Sculpture Commission

The board of the Friends of Art of Sweet Briar College has commissioned a site-specific work of art to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Friends of Art and to mark the dedication of a new addition to, as well as the comprehensive renovation of, Sweet Briar College’s Mary Helen Cochran Library, scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. It is anticipated that the library and sculpture will be dedicated Nov. 7, 2014. For occasional updates on the project’s progress, see the Friends of Art group page on Facebook.

For information on the designer, Catherine Peek, please click here.
For information on the project intent and the scope of the project, please click here for a PDF.
For the architects' renderings of the Cochran Library expansion and renovation, please click here for a PDF.

 Catherine Peek, Concept Drawing for Uplift, 2014. © Copyright 2014 Catherine Peek. Courtesy of the artist.


The project's progress thus far:


Finalizing the site location, late August 2014


Excavation, late September 2014


Footings, early October 2014


Wooden forms, mid October 2014


Pouring the forms, October 23, 2014


The forms curing, before removal of wooden patterns, October 27, 2014


The artist with students in Cochran Library, October 2014


The artist at the site, October 23, 2014


Wooden forms removed, October 28, 2014