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Study for "Childhood Friends"

Ink, pencil, pastel and gouache on tracing paper
15.5" x 11.5"

Six foot bronze relief of two children seated against a friendly bear next to a moose. Located on the facade of Jefferson Memorial Elementary School in Wyandotte, Michigan.

Sketch for "Childhood Friends"

Ink, pastel and pencil on tracing paper
15.5" x 11.5"

Six foot bronze relief of two children seated against a friendly bear next to a moose. Located on the facade of Jefferson Memorial Elementary School in Wyandotte, Michigan.

"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…

"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…

Study for "The Expanding Universe Fountain"

Conté crayon, pencil and gouache on newsprint
14.75" x 18.75"

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…

Sketch for "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life"

Pencil and ink on tracing paper
12" x 18.5"

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:…

Sketch for "Leaping Gazelle"

Pencil on tracing paper
11.5" x 18"

In 1936, Fredericks won a National Award Competition to design a fountain for the Levi L. Barbour Memorial, located on Belle Isle, an island park in Detroit, Michigan. Mounted 16 feet high on a granite pedestal, the bronze sculpture sits in a fountain basin. Four small carved granite animals surround the…

Sketch for "Flying Wild Geese" (Alvan Macauley Memorial)

Pencil on paper
14" x 16.5"

Atop a wooded hill overlooking a small pond in Detroit’s Elmwood Cemetery stands a memorial to the late attorney turned industrialist Alvan Macauley. Commissioned by his wife and son soon after his death in 1952, the sculpture reflects Macauley’s love of nature and wildlife. On a simple granite pedestal sit two…

Sketch for "Celestial Fountain"

Pencil and ink on tracing paper
11.75" x 18.5"

Fredericks submitted sketch models for "Celestial
Fountain" as a proposal for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Although not selected for inclusion at the Fair, another Fredericks’ sculpture, "Baboon Fountain," did appear at the entrance to the Glass Industries Building, Flushing Meadow-Corona…

Study for "Eaton War Memorial Eagle"

Pencil on paper
12" x 17.75"

The Eaton Manufacturing Company in Cleveland, Ohio commissioned this memorial in honor of the employees who died in World War II. A marble wall inscribed with the names of those employees who gave their lives for their country holds the bronze relief.

The eagle is the most prominent element. The simplified…