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

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Title

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

Subject

Figure sculpture, American--20th century

Description

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.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1964

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

60" x 38" x 9"

Materials

Plaster full-scale

Catalog Number

1991.143

Object Location

Storage Room B - G3

Provenance

10/25/1999 gifted to MFSM

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