1940 - 2003
Robert Bennett’s and his identical twin brother Tom were born in 1940. Growing up in Roseville, California, the Bennett brothers began their art career in 1969. They started in an inauspicious fashion, welding wire sculptures in the back of a gas station they owned. They gradually transitioned from wire to bronze, and in the late 1970′s built a foundry to ensure that the production quality of their sculpture met the exacting standards of their original designs. In the late 1980′s the Bennett’s opened a span of art galleries in places such as Carmel, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, La Jolla, Scottsdale, Honolulu, Dallas, Chicago, and Lake Tahoe. However, the Bennett brothers yearned to get back to their artistic roots, so, in the late 1990′s they divested themselves of their foundry and galleries so that they could concentrate full-time on their art. Robert gravitated towards abstract designs and his highly polished bronze sculptures, noted for their fluid lines and sleek design, are collected by people from around the world and selected for public art projects.
One of their largest public art projects was commissioned by Gregg Lukenbill, former principal owner of the Sacramento Kings, to create a pair of 16-foot sculptures outside the original Arco Arena building. Each brother created a sculpture: Tom’s was titled “Freedom”; Bob’s was “Evolution.”