Sleeping Pan and Sleeping Fawn

Carl Milles
1928, White Marble

These two figures are mounted on either side of a gate designed by Eliel Saarinen. In Greek mythology, Pan is the god of shepherds, flocks, hunting, and music. He is identified as being part human and part goat, with the torso of a man and the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat. Pan is often associated with fertility and the season of spring. Fawn is the sculpture adjacent to Pan. In many cultures, deer symbolize gentleness, grace, beauty, and balance. They exemplify keen observation and sensitivity as well as harmony with nature.