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Two Bears, Small-Scale, [Plaster]

Small plaster model of the Two Bears. The surface is discolored in some areas. Sculpture depicts a black bear and a brown bear sitting back to back. Originally created for Lincoln Square, Urbana, Illinois, Victor Gruen, architect. Painted gray.

Boy and Bear, Mold, [Plaster and Rubber]

Plaster mother mold with inner rubber mold and plaster core. Written on mold is "Boy and Bear Stall A" There are several plastic zip ties banding the mold together.

Childhood Friends, Relief [Plaster]

Small scale relief of Childhood Friends. Dark brown shellac coated. Some areas have new plaster. the antlers and feet of the girl, and may have been repaired.

Boy and Bear, [Plaster]

Fredericks was one of six artists commissioned by the J.L. Hudson Company to design sculpture for Northland Center in Southfield, Michigan. At the time it opened in 1954, Northland was the country’s largest shopping center as well as the first regional shopping center. In a 1981 National Archives Interview, Fredericks states:
“Well, as you…

Indian and Bears, Relief, [Plaster]

Marshall Fredericks designed these in hopes of getting a commission to be placed on a building out west. These are the only sketch models in the scale on one inch to one foot. They were intended to be about ten feet high.

Hiawatha, Relief, [Plaster]

The plaster is painted black on this relief of Hiawatha.

Childhood Friends, Relief [Plaster]

Plaster relief of moose, bear and Indian. Early sketch.

Childhood Friends, Relief [Plaster]

Green painted relief of the Childhood Friends. This model differs from the finished piece at Jefferson Memorial Elementary School, Wyandotte, Michigan. On this model the moose is facing to the right and on the finished bronze the moose is facing left.

Study for "The Boy and Bear"

Graphite on tracing paper mounted on board
11.5" x 10"

The Boy and Bear was commissioned by the J. L. Hudson Company for architect Victor Gruen’s Northland Shopping Center in Southfield, Michigan; at the time, Northland was only the second open-air pedestrian shopping mall in the United States. The bear is carved in limestone and the boy is…

Sketch for "The Boy and Bear"

Pencil on tracing paper
6" x 10.75"

The Boy and Bear was commissioned by the J. L. Hudson Company for architect Victor Gruen’s Northland Shopping Center in Southfield, Michigan; at the time, Northland was only the second open-air pedestrian shopping mall in the United States. The bear is carved in limestone and the boy is cast in bronze and…