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 a December 12, 2014 interview on WMRA 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.


Uplift is settling in to the campus landscape. The vegetation will fill in soon. Note the remarkable resemblance to Peek's original concept!

April 28, 2015

catherine peek uplift april 2015


The project's history over the past year:

Finalizing the site location, late August 2014 (Photo by Nancy McDearmon)


Excavation, week of September 29, 2014


Footings, October 9, 2014


Wooden forms, mid October 2014


Pouring the forms, October 23, 2014 (Photo by Nancy McDearmon)


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


The artist with students in Cochran Library, October 2014 (Photo by Lisa Johnston)


The artist at the site, October 23, 2014 (Photo by Nancy McDerarmon)


Wooden forms removed, October 28, 2014


Cleaning, October 30, 2014


Sealing, October 31, 2014


Rough grading, November 1, 2014


Hand work, November 3, 2014


Waiting for sod and plantings, November 4, 2014


Further progress, November 5, 2014


The day of the Cochran Library dedication, November 7, 2014.

The first coat of paint, November 24, 2014

The artist's vision manifested, settled in for a quiet winter, December 2014.

A sculpture for all seasons! Gorgeous in the snow, February 2015.