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402 Sampsonia Way

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Artwork Type

Integrated, Permanent, Sculpture

Spiritual Wings


Thaddeus Mosley


Owner City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

Thaddeus Mosley was commissioned by City of Asylym to craft a sculpture for one of the organization's many houses for exiled writers. This Northside home, dedicated by City of Asylym in 2006, features an excerpt from Nigerian writer and Nobel Prize winner, Wole Soyinka. Mosley's sculpture is a response to the excerpt of Soyinka's memoir inscribed on the door.  In a 2010 article in Sampsonia Way magazine, Mosley said, "I wanted to do something to give the house wings, something with an air of spirituality. When you read the work of these writers, you can see the joy, spirit and idea of personal freedom. I wanted to reflect that."  

Thaddeus Mosley (b. 1926) is a Pittsburgh-based sculptor who primarily uses wood and found objects. His work has been featured at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburch Center for the Arts, the Cue Art Foundation Fallery, the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. A documentary about Mosley's life, entitled Thaddeus Mosley: Sculptor was recently completed by filmmaker, Kenneth Love.