Show Menu

Browse Items: 135

Sketch of lizard

Ink on paper
4" x 6"

Sketch of lizard, possibly for "The Friendly Dragon" or "Japanese Goldfish, Lizard and Frog Fountain." Sketch may be early concept for the sculpture outside the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles at the Detroit Zoological Institute.

Sketches of iguana

Graphite and ink on paper
4" x 6"

Sketches of iguana, possibly for "The Friendly Dragon". Sketches may be early concepts for the sculpture outside the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles at the Detroit Zoological Institute.

Sketches for "The Friendly Frog" and "The Friendly Dragon".

Graphite and ink on steno pad paper
6" x 9"

Sketches for "The Friendly Frog" and "The Friendly Dragon".

Also includes sketches of whales and playground equipment.

Unidentified sketches, possibly early concepts for the sculpture outside the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles at the Detroit Zoological Institute

Graphite on paper
5" x 8"

Unidentified sketches, possibly for "Flying Pterodactyls" and "The Friendly Dragon". Sketches may be early concepts for the sculpture outside the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles at the Detroit Zoological Institute.

Sketch for "The Friendly Dragon"

Graphite on tracing paper
8.5" x 11"

“I did … a dragon; I called it The Friendly Dragon. The architect said he didn't think he would use it because he said the children would be frightened of a dragon. But children love dragons and it's not an ugly dragon, it's a friendly dragon with a big smile and it's cozy and you can sit on its back on…

Sketch for "The Friendly Frog"

Ink on paper
8.5" x 11"

Fredericks designed this large friendly appearing frog as a children’s slide. The original cast of this sculpture was located at the Hudson wing of the Genesee Valley Shopping Center in Flint, Michigan for 16 years where children did use it as a slide.

In 1986 the mall donated it to the Flint Children's Museum. When…

Sketch for "The Friendly Dragon"

Pencil and ink on steno pad paper
8.75" x 5.5"

“I did … a dragon; I called it The Friendly Dragon. The architect said he didn't think he would use it because he said the children would be frightened of a dragon. But children love dragons and it's not an ugly dragon, it's a friendly dragon with a big smile and it's cozy and you can sit on…

Friendly Dragon, Full Scale, [Plaster]

Plaster sections for full-scale friendly dragon. The sections were assembled and the full-scale is on display in the main exhibition gallery.

Friendly Dragon [Bronze]

Small-scale bronze Friendly Dragon with green patina.