Robert Milburn, Sculpture
Robert spent his early years moving around the country because his father was a Minister. He attended Columbia University and chose Architecture as his field of choice. He worked for nearly 40 years at I. M. Pei & Partners, Architects, a firm known for its modernist designs. Among the projects on which he worked were the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. After he retired, he was ready to explore another side of his creative skills. It was his chance to carry out a personal vision. Instead of adding material to build a structure, he was focusing on cutting away material to reveal the shapes inside/its inner design. On his wife�s 80 th birthday, he had an unveiling of a large, beautiful wood sculpture that he created from an excavated tree trunk. Starting to do this work later in life has its challenges because of the size and weight of wood, but the satisfaction derived from the work is rewarding. Similar to architecture, the relationship between the concept and the completion of a piece is a process that is worth the effort. This is a time to seek a new potential which simply had to wait until retirement.