Centerbrook Architects & Planners donate 10 Bobcat sculptures
March 12, 2013 - Centerbrook Architects & Planners has donated 10 bobcat sculptures to be placed in Quinnipiac University's Carl Hansen Student Center to symbolize the strong relationship between the two organizations.
"We designed the nook behind the fireplace to be a cozy den for students, and it turned out to be a perfect den for bobcats, as well," said Jefferson Riley, partner at Centerbrook, of Centerbrook, Conn.
Riley, who has been the major architect at the university since 1978, said he hopes the university community enjoys the statues sculpted by Bob Shure and his team at Skylight Studio in Boston.
Each of the bobcats, sculpted first in clay by hand then cast in a liquid resin before being smoothed and painted to resemble bronze, is unique in pose. Each is approximately 24 inches long by 14 inches high and weighs about five pounds.
"The bobcats complete the space," said Daniel Brown, assistant dean and director of the student center. "They bring a sense of spirit and pride to the piazza. We are grateful to have them."
The bobcats are not Centerbrook's first contribution to the university. Other donations include the floral gutters at the College of Arts and Sciences, the artwork on the walls of the Arnold Bernhard Library and the three chandeliers in the Rocky Top Student Center made of recycled jet engine parts.
"Centerbrook has been an extraordinary corporate partner providing financial support for the Arnold Bernhard Library, the TD Bank Sports Center, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and all three Quinnipiac Classic Golf Tournaments," said Donald J. Weinbach, vice president for development and alumni affairs. "We truly value this long-standing relationship with Jeff Riley and his partners."