The Aviator (Charlottesville, Virginia)

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The Aviator
The Aviator statue outside Clemons Library.JPG
Artist Gutzon Borglum
Year 1918
Type Bronze
Dimensions 4,400 cm × 3,400 cm (144 ft × 112 ft)
Location Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia

The Aviator (Charlottesville, Virginia) is located in Virginia
The Aviator (Charlottesville, Virginia)
The Aviator (Charlottesville, Virginia) is located in the US
The Aviator (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Location Monument Square, bounded by University and Jefferson Park Aves. and the railroad tracks, Charlottesville, Virginia
Coordinates 38°2′18″N 78°30′21″W / 38.03833°N 78.50583°W / 38.03833; -78.50583Coordinates: 38°2′18″N 78°30′21″W / 38.03833°N 78.50583°W / 38.03833; -78.50583
Area less than one acre
Built 1919 (1919)
Architect Borglum, Gutzon
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference # 06000758[1]
VLR # 002-5073
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 9, 2006
Designated VLR June 8, 2006[2]

The Aviator is a historic sculpture located on the University of Virginia campus near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia.


The sculpture is a bronze statue commissioned in honor of University alumnus, James Rogers McConnell’s heroism and courage in World War I, as a member of the Lafayette Escadrille.

It was designed by Gutzon Borglum and dedicated in 1919. The sculpture measures 12 feet high and 8 feet, 6 inches wide.[3]

It is located in front of Clemons Library on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Due to the library's abundant 24-hour study space available for students, The Aviator is a fixture in everyday life at the University.[4]

It is an athletic male nude with his feet placed shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and arms outstretched supporting a pair of wings.[5] The blade/knife; dirk or possible dagger/stiletto the figure has in his sheath is a recognized symbol of masculinity.[6][7]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[1]