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Night and Day Fountain [Bronze]

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Title

Night and Day Fountain [Bronze]

Subject

Figure sculpture, American--20th century

Description

The Night and Day Fountain was commissioned for the Henry J. McMorran Auditorium in Port Huron, Michigan. Fredericks also created a gold anodized aluminum Sculptured Clock on the building that was completed two years before the fountain's installation. The sculptures and clock were conceived as a unified design concept.

In keeping with a long tradition in western art, the sculptor personified time with figures representing night and day. Night has long, smooth, graceful curves that are repeated in the lines of the swan in flight beneath her. In comparison, Day is more angular and his muscles are more pronounced, as are the veins in the arms and hands. Day rests upon an otter, hunting in a school of Northern pike and Night floats upon a swan in flight, holding a small bird in her hand.

The Night and Day Fountain can also be seen in the Sculpture Garden. An image of the clock and sculptures can be seen on page 141 of Marshall M. Fredericks, Sculptor.


Cast in 1987
Dedicated May, 15, 1988

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

Figures 168" l

Materials

Bronze full-scale

Catalog Number

1991.133

Object Location

Sculpture Garden

Provenance

07/28/1987 gifted to MFSM

Notes

The male figure is laying on his back with his arms extended. He is resting on a school of fish and a turtle. He holds a fish in one hand.

The female figure is also reclining. Here arms are held above her head. She is supported by a large bird and has a bird perched on her hand.

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