Arts in Transit
Chesterfield Arts
St. Louis
Grand Center
U. City

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Artist: George Lundeen, American
Title: Robert Frost, 1996
Media: Bronze
Dimensions: 6' h., 4' w.
Owner: St. Louis University

About the Work
Sitting on a bench in a grassy campus courtyard, this life size-sculpture of the poet Robert Frost has a quiet presence. The figure’s intense gaze and his inward-looking expression seem to suggest a poet in thought. The immediacy of the moment is highlighted by the hand-written text of the poem being written, “The Road Not Taken,” which sits open on a stand in front of the figure. As the viewer sits beside the figure or reads the poem over its shoulder, “…two roads diverged in a wood, and I-/I took the one less traveled by,” he becomes part of the sculpture.

This sculpture is made of bronze, a metal that has been used for centuries to cast figures. Its popularity is due to its excellent physical properties such as a high structural strength, physical permanence, resistance to atmospheric corrosion, ease of casting, and a fine surface that takes an excellent finish or patina. The bronze casting method Lundeen uses consists of forming an object by pouring molten bronze into a mold and letting it harden. The shaped object is called either a cast or a casting.

Born and raised in Holdrege, Nebraska, George Lundeen did graduate work at the University of Illinois and later received a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship that sent him to Florence, Italy, for a year. He was awarded the status of full Academician of the National Academy of Design in New York. He has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and interpretive works for universities, municipalities, foundations and corporations throughout the world including a work at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC. In 2001 his sculpture Thomas Jefferson was dedicated at the University of Missouri-Columbia.