Sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks is a Great Laker who was born in Illinois in 1908, attended the Cleveland School of Art, and came to the Detroit area in 1932 to teach at the Cranbrook schools. He lived and worked in Southeast Michigan until his death in 1988.
His iconic Spirit of Detroit at the city office building has been the symbol of the city since it was dedicated in 1958.
Michigan is home to many of Frederick’s works, notably the 28′ tall Christ on the Cross at The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River.
His sculptures and fountains appear in 150 locations around the globe, including Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
I wrote about the sculpture park, located near Myrtle Beach, in my latest On the Offbeat Path travel column at GrossePointeToday.com. (Yes, this was a sneaky way of using the Great Lakes Gazette to plug my story on the Gardens and Hopsewee Plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Please click to check it out!)
Back in the Great Lakes State: The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University features some 200 pieces—most are plaster models—in the main gallery and 24 of his bronze works in the Sculpture Garden. The artist’s tools from his Detroit area workspaces are displayed in the Sculptor’s Studio. Admission is free.
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