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Front view of "Nordic Swan and the Ugly Duckling" (Hans Christian Andersen Fountain) in Heritage Park with flags in the background

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Title

Front view of "Nordic Swan and the Ugly Duckling" (Hans Christian Andersen Fountain) in Heritage Park with flags in the background

Subject

Animal sculpture--20th century.
Bronze sculpture, American--20th century.
Fountains.
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
Outdoor sculpture--United States.
Public sculpture, American

Description

This sculpture represents Fredericks' interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular story, The Ugly Duckling. Unlike Fredericks' portrayals of other literary subjects, this sculpture illustrates not one moment in the story, but two.

Fredericks placed the unhappy duckling driven from place to place because of his ugliness at the base of the fountain. Located above is the beautiful swan he grew to be.

Fredericks emphasized the difference between the young and mature bird. The earthbound duckling is awkward and heavy, with stubby wings and tail while the swan soars overhead in an open form which appears almost weightless. Fredericks originally conceived this sculpture for the Danish Village retirement home in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

A bronze cast of this sculpture is located in Skælskor, Denmark where Hans Christian Andersen lived and penned “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and many other children’s stories.

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series V, Box 17 Folder 8

Date

n.d.

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Archives.

Relation

V-17-08

Format

image/jpeg

Type

Image

Coverage

Greenville (Mich.)

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Original Format

Color print

Physical Dimensions

8" x 10"

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