Single Winged Figure On Plinth

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Single Winged Figure On Plinth
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ArtistStephen De Staebler
Dimensions (112.5* inches* × 30* inches* × 30* inches*); 112.5 x 30 x 30
LocationUniversity of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
Coordinates39°46′22″N 86°10′27″W / 39.7729°N 86.1742°W / 39.7729; -86.1742Coordinates: 39°46′22″N 86°10′27″W / 39.7729°N 86.1742°W / 39.7729; -86.1742
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OwnerUniversity of Notre Dame

"Single Winged Figure on Plinth" is an outdoor sculpture by American sculptor Stephen De Staebler (born 1933). It is currently located on the University of Notre Dame campus, which is in South Bend, Indiana, and is owned by the University of Notre Dame. The sculpture is on permanent collection at the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame. The tall, narrow sculpture, made of bronze, appears to be a tall, disjointed and abstractly constructed man, with a cohesive torso and a single winged arm.


"Single Winged Figure on Plinth" is a tall, bronze, lanky bronze sculpture set on a small bronze base. "De Staebler’s clay and bronze sculptures depicting the human figure juxtapose the frailty and transience of individual lives against the remarkable resilience of mankind." [1]. According to De Staebler, he wanted to "express the quality of erosion in loss of limbs over time and the rooting of the figure to the earth in time, so that it becomes in its way an extension of the earth, which we are." [1]The figure stands straight, two long legs on their tip-toes and extending from a small platform. One of the legs is severed just above the kneecap, and the second leg extends further and supports the entire torso and remainder of the body. The naked torso has two shoulders, and one arm is severed right past the shoulder. The second extends to the sky, transforming into a rectangular wing shape. The sculpture has small a bronze block in place of a head. The sculpture measures 112.5"x 30" x 30". [1]

Historical Information[edit]

"Single Winged Figure on Plinth" was constructed in 2010 by De Staebler. While his sculptures are often created from clay and bronze, "this particular sculpture [was] fabricated in the artist’s last year from ‘spare’ bronze parts reclaimed from other projects". [1] The sculpture was created during De Staebler’s last year alive, and was acquired by Notre Dame in 2012.

Location History[edit]

Single Winged Figure on Plinth was acquired by the University of Notre Dame in 2012, where it was featured in the Snite Museum of Art in an exhibition, entitled "Fragility and Resilience: Sculpture by Stephen De Staebler". The exhibition ran from September 2nd-December 2nd, 2012 [2]. The sculpture now remains in the Snite Courtyard, where it waits until the University finishes the new Notre Dame Sculpture Park. Single Winged Figure on Plinth will then be placed in the sculpture park. [2]


Single Winged Figure on Plinth was acquired by the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with funds provided by the Humana Foundation Endowment for American Art.[1] It is now in the permanent collection of the Snite Museum of Art. [3]


De Staebler, born in 1933, was a renowned sculptor of bronze and clay. He received his bachelor’s degree in religion at Princeton University in 1954, and subsequently served with the United States Army in West Germany. Later, he earned a master’s degree in art from University of California, Berkeley, in 1961. Throughout the rest of his life, De Staebler widely exhibited his work, which typically took the form of "distressed, disjointed humanoid forms." De Staebler passed away at age 78 on May 13th, 2011, following complications of cancer.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Stephen De Staebler
  • Snite Museum of Art


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 University of Notre Dame Snite Museum of Art (2013). "Reclaiming Our Nature: Notre Dame Sculpture Park" (PDF). Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Snite Museum of Art (2012). "Fragility and Resilience: Sculpture by Stephen De Staebler". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  3. "'Fragility and Resilience: Sculpture by Stephen De Staebler' at Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art". 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  4. William Grimes (2011). "Stephen De Staebler, Sculptor of Bronze and Clay, Dies at 78". New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2016.

External links[edit]


[[Category:Outdoor sculptures in Notre Dame]] [[Category:University of Notre Dame Public Art Collection]] [[Category:1989 sculptures]] [[Category:Aluminum sculptures in Indiana]]

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