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Aspiration to Flight

1500 E. Garrison Blvd.

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Commissioned by former Schiele Museum Director Alan Stout in 1990, "Aspiration to Flight" stands as a remarkable bronze sculpture. Inspired by a Native American tradition, it depicts a rite of passage into adulthood where individuals would disguise themselves, create a blind, and set out bait to capture an eagle. In a careful and swift motion, they would remove one of the central tail feathers as evidence of their achievement. Museum Director Alan Stout highlighted that "Aspiration to Flight" beautifully embodies the museum's core themes, encompassing wildlife, Native American history, and humanity's quest for harmonious coexistence with the environment. Generous donations from Eugenia and Lawrence Wyss, along with the support of the Gastonia Women's Club, made it possible for the museum to erect this remarkable sculpture.

The Gaston County Art Trail

Discover this and the vibrant tapestry of creativity along Gaston County's captivating art trail.

At the entrance to Schiele Museum, you'll find this captivating sculpture.


Gastonia is the largest town in Gaston County, North Carolina and can be found just south of I-85 off of exit 17 in the center of the county. Hwy 321 runs north and south straight through town giving even better access to this booming metropolis.

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