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Leaping Gazelle Fountain [Bronze]

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Title

Leaping Gazelle Fountain [Bronze]

Subject

Animal sculpture--20th century

Description

Leaping Gazelle, 1936
Bronze

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall M. Fredericks
1991.015

This sculpture was the first commissioned work Marshall M. Fredericks was paid to do. In 1936 the sculpture won first prize in a national competition, and as a result, made Fredericks well known as a public sculptor. Since the gazelle is not native to Michigan, Fredericks made four animals that are, and placed them around the gazelle on Belle Isle. These animals are the otter, grouse, hawk and rabbit. Fredericks sculpted the gazelle in a characteristic movement called wheeling, which is when an animal quickly changes direction while being pursued by a predator.

The Leaping Gazelle is one of the most duplicated of Fredericks's sculptures. It can be found at numerous locations, including Brookgreen Gardens where it was one of four purchase prize winners of a nationwide open sculpture competition in 1972.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1988

Rights

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

Type

Sculpture

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

96" x 36" x 36"

Materials

Bronze full-scale

Catalog Number

1991.126

Object Location

In the Zahnow Library courtyard

Provenance

1988 gifted to MFSM

Notes

Sculpture was a gift of the Ruth B. Dixon and William R. Dixon Memorial Fund and was dedicated on Thursday, April 21, 1988.

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