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Chief Pontiac, Head, Full-Scale, [Plaster]

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Chief Pontiac, Head, Full-Scale, [Plaster]


Figure sculpture, American--20th century


Full-scale head for Chief Pontiac. Plaster relief with galvanized pipe on the back to hold the relief together.

Cast for Community Bank, Pontiac, MI (now the 30 North Building) in 1964, this piece is the model for the head of the 20' tall sculpture made of gold anodized aluminum. The entire Chief Pontiac is located at Saginaw St, south of M-59, in Pontiac. The head-only section is at the S.E. corner of Woodward and M.L. King Blvd. across from St. Joseph's Hospital.

Ottawa Chief Obwandiyag, name 'Pontiac' by the British, lead the war of liberation in 1763. After a valiant fight that included alliances of many neighboring tribes, the peace treaty was finalized at Fort Ontario, July 23-25, 1766. Then Superintendent of Indian Affairs, William Johnson, met with Chief Pontiac. Pontiac said, "I speak in the name of all the Nations to the westward whom I command; it is the will of the Great Spirit that we should meet here today and before him and all present I take you by the hand and never will part with it." This pledge became the turning point making the necessary land available for the founding of the city of Detroit.


Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998




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




University Center (Mich.)

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Physical Dimensions

60" x 38" x 9"


Plaster full-scale

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Object Location

Storage Room B - G3


10/25/1999 gifted to MFSM

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