Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Creator: Christopher Cairns (American, b. 1942)
Material: bronze
Year: 1984
Gift of Madeleine K. Butcher, Barton H. Lippincolt and J. Randolph Updyke

In Ancient Greece, a standing female was sometimes used as an architectural support, in the place of a column. Sculptor Christopher Cairns evoked this classical tradition by titling his draped figure Stanchion which means a prop or support. Cairns chose to depict a woman emerging from the clay he used to fashion her. For this reason, some people interpret Stanchion as a symbol of metamorphosis.

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