|Artist||W. V. Casey|
|Dimensions||51 cm × 33 cm × 15 cm (20 in × 13 in × 6 in)|
|Location||Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
Socrates is an outdoor sculpture by artist W. V. Casey created c. 1950. The work is on the grounds of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The sculpture depicts the Greek Athenian philosopher Socrates. In 1993 the sculpture was examined by the Save Outdoor Sculpture! program produced by the Smithsonian Institution.
A bronze sculpture placed on a limestone tablet (104 x 48 x 10 in.), Socrates is a portrait mask of the Greek Athenian philosopher Socrates. He is depicted as being bald and with a beard. To the lower left of the beard is engraved: W.V. CASEY and below the bronze bust on the tablet is inscribed:
- UNTIL PHILOSOPHERS ARE KINGS, OR THE
- KINGS AND PRINCES OF THIS WORLD HAVE
- THE SPIRIT AND POWER OF PHILOSOPHY...
- THEN ONLY WILL THIS OUR STATE HAVE A
- POSSIBILITY OF LIFE AND BEHOLD THE
- LIGHT OF DAY.
The piece is installed as part of "Philosopher's Bench" at Butler University's Holcomb Gardens. The tablet is placed in the center of a small landscaped area with and has flanked by two benches which feature quotes by Socrates, Thomas Jefferson, Jesus Christ, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Gandhi.
The work was created by W. V. Casey and dedicated circa 1950.