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Presentation drawing for Veterans Memorial Building

Oil pencil on laid paper mounted on board
16" x 20"

The Victory Eagle on the facade of the Veterans Memorial Building in Detroit is 30 feet high and projects 4½ feet from the wall in high relief. Seven free-standing pylons were originally placed in front of the building along the walkway leading to the entrance. Twenty feet high and carved…

Sketches for Sundial Airport Beacon

Graphite and ink on board
8" x 14"

Possibly unrealized.

Sketches for "Monument of Musical Composers"

Ink on paper mounted on board
14" x 11"

Possibly unrealized.

Study for "Freedom of the Human Spirit"

Graphite on tracing paper mounted on board
11" x 14"

The businessmen backers of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair aspired to produce an economic boom for the city that would rival the hugely successful New York World’s Fair of 1939-40 that brought more than 44 million visitors to the city. Many of these planners, kids during the ’39-40…

Studies for "Childhood," "Formative Years," "The Ford Empire" and "Ford Cars" for the "Henry Ford Memorial"

Ink on paper mounted on board
10" x 8"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size…

"The Consciousness of Mankind Rising Above the Earth into the Expanding Universe"

Pencil and watercolor on board
20.5" x 30"

This fountain celebrates the nation's first exploration of outer space. According to Fredericks, the sculpture "represents this age of great interest, exploration and discovery in outer space...[and] the immensity, order and mystery of the universe.”

The monumental central figure suggests a…

Presentation drawing for "Henry Ford Memorial"

Gouache and charcoal on board
24" x 32"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size…

Presentation drawing for "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life"

Gouache on board
35.25" x 22"

The Fountain, also known as the "Cleveland War Memorial", is composed of a large granite basin set with bronze plaques containing the names of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Located within the basin are four granite carvings depicting the great civilizations of the earth: Nordic, Eastern,…

Presentation drawing for "Sheep (The Guests Have Arrived)"

Gouache and ink on board
18.5" x 27.5"

Cast in bronze in 1955, this relief depicts a flock of seven foreshortened sheep staring straight ahead at the viewer. Two smaller sheep, possibly lambs, are included in the bottom right hand corner. Fredericks incorporated a great deal of detail in each of the sheep, especially in their fluffy wool coats.…

"Reclining Lion," project drawing for "The Lion and Mouse"

Pencil on board
27.5" x 18"

This sculpture illustrates the well known Aesop Fable of “The Lion and the Mouse.” Fredericks’ rendition depicts the end of the story in which the tiny mouse returns the king of the jungle’s kindness by saving him from a hunter’s trap.

The J. L. Hudson Company commissioned this sculpture for Eastland…