The Aviator

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The Aviator outside Clemons Library. Reproduced from Wikimedia Commons.

The Aviator is a statue at the at the University of Virginia that is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed on the VLR on June 8, 2006 and the National Register on November 9, 2006. [1]

Narrative from Virginia Landmarks Registry

"The Aviator, sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, is located on the University of Virginia’s central grounds. Commissioned in 1918, it was erected in 1919 to honor James Rogers McConnell (18871917), a popular UVA law student killed in aerial combat during World War I when German fighters shot down his plane over the battlefields of the Somme in France. McConnell volunteered his service to France before the U.S. entered the war. UVA memorialized his self-sacrifice as an example of university ideals to inspire future generations. Embodying the hallmarks of the American Renaissance era, “The Aviator” combines European artistic tradition with classical motifs and an American theme. Borglum is most famous for sculpting the heads of presidents Washington, Jefferson, T. R. Roosevelt, and Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota."

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  1. Web. 002-5073 The Aviator, Virginia Landmarks Register, August 15, 2018, retrieved January 18, 2020.

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