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Friendly Dragon, Full Scale, [Plaster]

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Title

Friendly Dragon, Full Scale, [Plaster]

Subject

Animal sculpture--20th century

Description

Plaster sections for full-scale friendly dragon. The sections were assembled and the full-scale is on display in the main exhibition gallery.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1991

Rights

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

Type

Sculpture

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Materials

Plaster

Catalog Number

2000.009.001
2000.009.002
2000.009.003
2000.009.004
2000.009.005
2000.009.006
2000.009.007
2000.009.008

Object Location

Main Exhibit Gallery

Provenance

01/15/2000 gifted to MFSM

Notes

FROM JOY COLBY INTERVIEW

MF
It's sort o a great big smooth frog and it has great big round polished gold eyes that are half a sphere and they're just like mirrors so when you look in them you can see yourself all distorted like you do in a circus. So every time you go there you see all this. It worked out fine. So I did three, that's all. I did another one but it was of a dragon, I called it The Friendly Dragon. The architect said he didn't think he would use it because he said the children would be frightened of a dragon. But children love dragons and it's not an ugly dragon, it's a friendly dragon with a big smile and it's cozy and you can sit on its back on those humps on its back. It's just that he never was a child, I guess, so he doesn't know. So they put up a thing, a structural beam thing. I've never seen a child near it so maybe they didn't get the audience that they wanted really. I think maybe I'll do that Dragon. I like dragons anyway, they're special.

JC
Why are dragons special to you?

MF
Well, Rozzie- one time I guess it was when I was sixty, Rozzie and the children got Earl Krentzin to make a walking stick for me with a dragon on top, which I love. And because she said that all these things, like all these big commissions which, you know, could kill you almost believe me the problems, Joy, are so manifold you can't believe in a thing like that Cleveland fountain… And to do it all alone, I mean without a big staff or anything, or if I were some company that does it for you like they do today, you know, their sculpture things are manufactured things, the things I do are sculpture things. And she said that all these things have been dragons that I've fought against, you know. And in a way that's really true, they been sort of dragons that you have to conquer and slay one way or another.

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