Robert Bruno was one of my instructors in the Architecture Program at Texas Tech University in the 1970’s. I remember when he first started working on his steel house at Lake Ransom Canyon near Lubbock, Texas. It was quite a sensation, although a lot of people thought he was crazy and many predicted he would never finish it. One story made the rounds about attending a party at the house during a storm and nearly being deafened by the sound of hail hitting the steel skin. Visiting the house was something a rite of passage for architecture students at Tech, and Bob was always willing to share his ideas. He characterized the process of construction by saying, “What you’re seeing is 33 years of design, not three months of design and 33 years of labor.”
“Robert R. Bruno (born January 30, 1945, Los Angeles, Calif.), internationally recognized sculptor and artist, died Tuesday, December 9 from complications of cancer at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
Robert’s 110-ton steel architectural sculpture located in Ransom Canyon is a well known labor of love and artistic expression of 35 years in the making. It has earned international accolades and publicity in art, architecture, and many professional publications, on film and TV events including HGTV’s “Extreme Homes” and The Learning Channel. His sculptured home attracts photographers and admirers worldwide. It was the backdrop for the 2007 Fall Neiman Marcus fashion catalog.
Robert taught, guest lectured, and mentored students at Texas Tech’s School of Architecture for years and freely shared his philosophy and sculpture with many visitors to the Canyon. He was also recognized for the design and creation of the first solar-powered surge valve and fertigation system for row crops through his Lubbock-based irrigation manufacturing company, P&R Surge Systems. His valve has conserved millions of gallons of water, fuel and fertilizer for row crop irrigators worldwide for over 25 years.” Lubbock Avalanche-Journal December 12, 2008
A 90-Ton Sculpture Over a Canyon? They’ll Soon Call It Home
Published in the The New York Times January 22, 1981
Financial Times UK March 8, 2008
Thanks to Robert Perl of the Texas Tech University College of Architecture for sharing this information and links.