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A bronze statue of a man wearing a hooded monk's robe. He is gazing contemplatively at a bird that has perched on his outstretched left hand. More birds gather attentively around his feet as well.

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St. Francis Feeding the Birds

Artist: Frederick C. Shrady (East View, NY, 1907 – 1990, Easton, CT) Primary
Date: 1983
20th Century
Dimensions: 96 in. (243.84 cm)
Object Type: Statue
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Bronze
Accession Number: 2017.43.01
On View: Egan School of Nursing

While it may seem incongruous to find the founder of the Franciscan order on a Jesuit campus, the hooded and slightly stooped figure of Saint Francis feeding the birds has been a familiar sight on Fairfield’s campus for many years. On long-term loan from a private collector, the sculpture formerly stood on the plaza in front of the Egan Chapel before finding a new home near the Egan School of Nursing. Sculpted in bronze, the sculpture depicts the gently curving form of Francis’ body as he gazes contemplatively at a bird that has perched on his outstretched left hand; other birds gather attentively around his feet.

For more information about this piece, as well as the other sculpture that you can find around the Fairfield University campus, see ourOutdoor Sculpture Audio Guide on Cuseum here.


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