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Artist: J. C. Dye (1948 - ) Primary
Date: 2009
21st Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Creation Place: North America, United States, Montana
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: University Commission, 2009
Accession Number: CAC2009.04.01
On View: Gonzaga Plaza

The stag has been the mascot of Fairfield University since 1948. At that time the university formed part of the Diocese of Hartford--“hart” is another word for stag, and “ford” is another word for “stream”-- so the seal of the new Fairfield University became a stag crossing a stream.

This monumental sculpture of the Fairfield stag was designed by J. C. Dye, a sculptor known for large-scale bronze sculptures of horses and wildlife inspired by his background as a working rancher and outdoorsman. The stag’s powerful body is depicted with a striking level of naturalism; its raised front leg gives the illusion of sudden movement.

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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