Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Creator: Christopher Cairns (American, b. 1942)
Material: bronze
Year: 1984
Gift of Madeleine K. Butcher, Barton H. Lippincolt and J. Randolph Updyke

In Ancient Greece, a standing female was sometimes used as an architectural support, in the place of a column. Sculptor Christopher Cairns evoked this classical tradition by titling his draped figure Stanchion which means a prop or support. Cairns chose to depict a woman emerging from the clay he used to fashion her. For this reason, some people interpret Stanchion as a symbol of metamorphosis.

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Out on a Limb will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, April 11th until noon. Please check back for updates.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.