Dimitri Hadzi, American, 1921–2006

Centaur, 1954–71

Cast bronze
Gift of Brian P. Leeb, Class of 1918

Dimitri Hadzi's pipe-playing centaur reflects the artist's modernist approach, which bridges abstraction and figuration. It also calls upon his lifelong interest in mythology. In myth, the artist noted, centaurs are physical but also intellectual beings; the heroes Achilles and Hercules were both students of centaurs. The fountain was commissioned by President Robert F. Goheen, a classicist, when Prospect House was still home to the University's president.