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World Renowned Sculptor Robert Glen passes away at 83

World renowned sculptor Robert Glen passed away at age 83 on Saturday, October 28th in Cork, Republic of Ireland.

World renowned sculptor Robert Glen passed away at age 83 on Saturday, October 28th in Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Robert Glen, born in Kenya on May 24, 1940, was an internationally acclaimed sculptor known for his remarkable skill in bronze sculptures. Glen’s fascination with wildlife, nurtured from his upbringing in Africa, profoundly influenced his artistic direction. His early years were spent observing and studying the rich wildlife around him, which later became the primary subjects of his art.

Glen’s work is characterized by its incredible lifelike detail and dynamic portrayal of animals in motion. He has a unique ability to capture the essence and spirit of his subjects, making his sculptures more than mere representations; they are embodiments of the animals themselves. His works are celebrated for their vitality and realism, earning him commissions and accolades worldwide.

One of Robert Glen’s most famous works is the Mustangs of Las Colinas, located in Williams Square Plaza.  This breathtaking sculpture, completed in 1984, is one of the world’s largest equestrian sculptures.

In 1976, Ben Carpenter, founder of Las Colinas, commissioned Robert Glen to create the Mustangs of Las Colinas. Carpenter was looking to create a signature centerpiece for the new development. The sculpture took eight years and work on three continents to come to fruition. The installation comprises of nine life-sized bronze mustangs, galloping across a granite stream. It represents a free-spirited herd of wild mustangs, capturing their power, beauty, and the essence of their movement. 

The Mustangs of Las Colinas symbolize the unbridled spirit and the drive for progress and freedom. They have become an iconic landmark and a source of pride for the community, just as Ben Carpenter envisioned. Visitors from around the globe come to marvel at this artistic feat, reflecting Glen’s extraordinary talent in capturing motion and emotion in bronze.

Through his work, particularly the Mustangs of Las Colinas, Glen has left an indelible mark on the world of art, celebrating the natural world with his extraordinary talent. He will be incredibly missed and our condolences go out to Glen’s family and friends. 

A celebration of life will be held by the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum. Details will be announced soon.