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Horseless Carriage (Model S Ford Children and Animals - Sunday Afternoon), Mold, [Plaster and Rubber]

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Title

Horseless Carriage (Model S Ford Children and Animals - Sunday Afternoon), Mold, [Plaster and Rubber]

Subject

Animal sculpture--20th century
Figure sculpture, American--20th century

Description

Horseless Carriage (Model 'S' Ford, Children and Animals, Sunday Afternoon)
Plaster "mother" mold, black rubber mold, plaster model. Written on mold is "Ford
Model S".

Fredericks carved the original limestone relief of this sculpture that was placed in the public lobby of the Post Office in River Rouge, Michigan in 1939. He received this commission as a result of an honorable mention in a section of Fine Arts Competition.

Because the automobile industry was the most important factor in the development of the Detroit area, the sculptor has chosen to depict one of the very early cars. The "horseless carriage," with its two occupants, speeds along, leaving a trail of dust and smoke. Two children and a dog run delightedly beside the car while pigs and chickens flee in terror.

The "mother" mold is made of plaster and is used to help keep the shape of the flexible rubber mold. The plaster "mother" mold has residue from the microcrystalline wax that's used to make wax models for the lost wax casting method. A didactic panel in the Sculptor's Studio explains the lost wax method of casting.

An image of this sculpture can be seen on page 36 in Marshall M. Fredericks, Sculptor.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1939

Rights

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

Type

Sculpture
Relief Sculpture

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Mold Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

18" x 17" x 4"

Materials

Plaster
Rubber

Catalog Number

1999.166.001

Object Location

Storage Room B - C2

Provenance

10/25/1999 gifted to MFSM

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