The initial concept for the Peacock at the cloisters included images of the Barnacle, Peacock Park and the Cloisters. The three properties converging on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay. The historical relevance of these being important elements of the design. Later, the decision to name our peacock Munroe was perfect.
Captain Ralph Middleton Munroe was one of the earliest settlers of Coconut Grove which was accessible only by water at that time. The ship builder and Commodore of the Coconut Grove Yacht Club for 22 years seemed like a good match for our concept. In his picture (included below) you see his trademark Bow-tie and Captains Cap. I have tried to replicate those elements giving the peacock his characteristic mariner’s appearance. In that vane, the ships wheel on his cap bears a working compass. Additionally, the distant images on the Peacock tail illustrate the beautiful club house at The Cloisters (at left) the playground at Peacock Park (at right) and the Barnacle house (center). The foreground is an homage to the beauty of our spectacular tropical flora…..surely one of the qualities that drew early settlers to South Florida. On the back side of the Peacocks tail is a map (circa late 1800’s) of Florida during the period which Commodore Munroe would have been traveling and exploring the coastal areas. The Cartouche was designed expressly to frame the piece in a manner representative of the architecture of the Cloisters. The conch shell “cores” arranged at the base of the piece I’d collected in the Bahamas, knowing I would want to include them in the final design. They speak for my tremendous love of the ocean and it’s creatures.
My work on this piece has been a labor of love, and I’m so appreciative to have had the opportunity.
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