Artistic Mission

As a sculptor, Barton Rubenstein designs and fabricates all of his work. Working at Rubenstein Studios, he creates sculpture for public spaces, academic institutions, parks, commercial and corporate venues, and private residences. Most commissions are unique creations, designed for a particular site. Each of these opportunities has given Rubenstein the opportunity to work extensively with many professionals, including architects, engineers, landscape architects, and various subcontractors. Rubenstein exhibits all over the country and lectures frequently about his art.

Having been raised with the credo that one should make “the world a little better and more beautiful for the next generation,” Rubenstein chose art as his life’s work.

“As an artist, I am moved by the possibility of making someone else’s life more meaningful, less stressful, or simply bringing out a smile. When I create art, I imagine each of these positive changes beginning a chain reaction of other positive human interactions. The idea of this brings me great pleasure and satisfaction.”


Becoming a sculptor has been the culmination of many life experiences and skills learned along the way. Involved in the world of art for all of his life, Rubenstein has worked with numerous art forms such as lithography, etching, woodcuts, architectural drawing, and sculpture. As a child, Rubenstein enjoyed creating large-scale snow sculptures with his father and siblings. Under the care and guidance of his mother, who herself was an art historian and curator at the Smithsonian Institution, Rubenstein developed at a young age a discerning and aesthetic eye from a diverse exposure to art.

Trained in physics and mechanical engineering at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, Rubenstein then spent six years completing his MSc and PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, studying the brain and visual sciences. His research attempted to elucidate various anomalies of visual perception, such as camouflage, and more generally, the processes at work within the visual system.

Rubenstein developed a keen interest in sculpture that incorporates water from his love of sailing and canoeing. Having canoed for many years on the lakes and rivers of Maine and Canada, he has spent many a moment plotting a passage through a raging river. This is where he became fascinated and mesmerized with the various patterns of water. His love of sailing and interest in the forces of wind on a sail has led him to explore kinetic components in his art, powered both by wind and the movement of water.

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