The dedication of the Cintas Center on September 21, 2000, included the unveiling of a new statue of the University's symbolic leader, D'Artagnan, the fictional protagonist in Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers. "The Musketeers" was adopted as Xavier's nickname in 1925 to symbolize the "All for One, One for All" spirit of the University.
This statue replaced an older D'Artagnan statue, a gift from the class of 1962, which stood on campus from 1968 until 1996. On a campus visit in the 90's, Roland Moores '35 and his wife Margo, to whom the work is inscribed, noted the deteriorating structure and gifted a newer and bigger version to the University. The current statue stands as an example of the generosity of Xavier's alumni and friends.
Artist: Tom Tsuchiya
Dedicated: September 21, 2000
Location: Outside Cintas Main Entrance
- This statue is Tsuchiya's first major work. He has also created the statues outside of the Reds stadium and the campus' St. Francis Xavier and Father James E. Hoff, S.J. statues.
- D'Artagnan's rallying pose was inspired by Tsuchiya's reading of Duma's The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask.
- The hilt on D'Artagnan's sword depicts a basketball.
- Roland Moores met Margo, who is French, while serving in France during World War II.
A Gift from a French Lady
Margo M. Moores