No Room for Doubt
Sponsored by The Element
“Here we have a young bull moose standing guard. He will remain at this post for one year. Day or night, stormy or fair, he will stand and watch. There is no room for doubt.”
The appeal of a particular work in Sculpturewalk is highly subjective. That is why the team behind the annual showcase strives to achieve a balance in the styles and types of works on display throughout the summer.
Some pieces are perplexing in their abstraction or intent, others a realistic figurative rendition of a certain subject that enables the observer to determine their feelings about it quickly and easily. Then there are those that are playful and whimsical, reflecting a flight of fancy by the sculptor. No Room For Doubt falls firmly into the latter category. It is fun, created with tongue-in-cheek, yet still a work that requires skill and talent, to be appreciated and enjoyed.
No Room For Doubt’s creator readily acknowledges this. As he states emphatically front and centre on his website, “My sculptures tend to be figures that are historically and culturally influenced, not historically or culturally correct.” That being said, Robert Brubaker (Bob Dog to his close friends) has a style uniquely his own. His works reflect his personality: easygoing, a lover of the simple pleasures, humorously self-denigrating and comfortable in his own skin.
No Room For Doubt has a young bull moose attired in a relatively simple red coat. He stands erect and sentinel-like, impassive with his arms at his side and distressed gold pants draping his scuffed boots. His coat has an unbalanced number of dots across the breastplate, with his beard paralleling a long row of small white buttons. The cuffs of his coat are exquisitely decorated in a pattern that suggests the native heritage of his Arizona home base. On the back, there are four strategically placed buttons. At his feet is a medallion on the ground.
He stands, serene and stationary, watchful and vigilant. As Brubaker says in his nameplate, “He will remain at this post for one year. Day or night, stormy or fair, he will stand and watch. There is no room for doubt.”