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Sketch for "The Expanding Universe"

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Title

Sketch for "The Expanding Universe"

Subject

Drawing, American--20th century.
Figure drawing.
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
Harry S. Truman Federal Building (Washington, D.C.)

Description

Graphite drawing on tracing paper attached to paper
8" x 5"

This fountain celebrates the nation's first exploration of outer space. According to Fredericks, the sculpture "represents this age of great interest, exploration and discovery in outer space...[and] the immensity, order and mystery of the universe.”

The monumental central figure suggests a superhuman mythological being. Seated upon a ten-foot sphere, covered in a pattern of bright-star constellations, the figure holds two planets that he is sending off into space. The dynamic spiral orbit-form swirling around the sphere represents the speed and perpetual motion of space. Play of the water from numerous star-shaped sprays increases the feeling of movement.

The full-scale casting of this sculpture is located in the South Court of the United States State Department Building in Washington, D.C.

The fountain is also known as: "Man and the Expanding Universe"

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series VIII, Cabinet 1 Drawer 6 Folder 6

Date

c. 1964

Rights

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

Relation

VIII-01-06-06

Format

image/jpeg

Type

Graphite drawing

Identifier

1998.001.VIII.160

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Original Format

Graphite drawing

Physical Dimensions

8" x 5"

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