- Robert Russin
Robert Isaiah Russin (
August 26, 1914- December 13, 2007) was an American sculptor, artistand University of Wyoming professor. He was best known for a number of public sculptures throughout the United States, including the "Spirit of Life" fountainsculpture located at the City of Hope National Medical Centerin Californiaand a giant bustof Abraham Lincoln, located on I-80in Wyoming. cite news |first=|last=|title= Robert Isaiah Russin, 1914 - 2007 Sculptor made fountain at City of Hope
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Robert Russin was born in
New York Cityon August 26, 1914. He received both his bachelor's degreeand master's degreefrom the City College of New York.
Russin briefly taught at
Cooper Unionin Manhattan. He accepted a teaching position in 1947 at the University of Wyoming. Russin remained at UW's Department of Art for nearly 40 years and continued to reside in Wyoming for 60 years. He was also the university's artist in residence for nearly 10 years.
Russin was known for his public sculptures. Perhaps his best known work is a massive
bronze bustof Abraham Lincoln, called the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument, which was originally dedicated in 1959 at the highest point on the Lincoln Highwayin Wyoming. Russin's Lincoln bust stands 12 ½ feet high and rests on a 30 foot tall granite pedestal. The bust was later moved to become a centerpiece at a historic museum and park on Interstate 80between the cities of Cheyenne and Laramie.
Russin was later commissioned to create the "Spirit of Life" fountain at the
City of Hope National Medical Centerin Duarte, California, which was officially dedicated in 1967. THe "Spirit of Life", which took Russin a year and a half to create, is cast in bronze. The raised sculpture, which depicts two individuals, rests in three basinsmade of a type of Italian marblecalled arabascato. The "Spirit of Life's"outer basin is composed of travertine. Russin also created the name of the sculpture. The City of Hope National Medical Center now uses the silhouetteof the sculpture's statue as its official logoand awards the Spirit of Life award to major financial donors.
Russin's other well known pieces include the "Wyoming Crystal", which stands at the
Wyoming State Capitol, and the "Chthonodynamis", a granite statue which stands at the United States Department of Energyheadquarters in Washington D.C.
Other works by Hussin are currently housed at the
Hyde Park Museum, the University of Wyoming, the National Naval Medical Centerin Bethesda, Marylandand Gettysburg National Military Parkin Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Known collectors of Russin's include California Senator Diane Feinstein, Bill Cosbyand Carl Reiner.
Robert Russin died in
Los Angelesat the age of 93 of kidney diseaseand hypertensionon December 13, 2007. He was survived by his three sons: Joseph Russin, the executive editor of KTLAnews; Robin U. Russin, a screenwritingprofessor at the University of California Riverside; and Lincoln David Russin, a radiologist.
Russin was a resident of
* [http://www.uwyo.edu/news/showrelease.asp?id=19341 University of Wyoming: Retired UW Art Professor Russin Dies at 93]
* [http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2007/12/15/news/wyoming/2426814a91c832d1872573b20005bbee.txt Casper Star-Tribue: 'Prolific artist, dedicated professor']
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