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Sketch for "The Friendly Frog"

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Title

Sketch for "The Friendly Frog"

Subject

Drawing, American--20th century.
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
Frogs in art

Description

Graphite and ink on paper
5" x 8"

Fredericks designed this large friendly appearing frog as a children’s slide. The original cast of this sculpture was located at the Hudson wing of the Genesee Valley Shopping Center in Flint, Michigan for 16 years where children did use it as a slide.

In 1986 the mall donated it to the Flint Children's Museum. When they moved to their new quarters (1602 W. Third) in 1993, the building’s floor was not strong enough to support the frog’s 6,600 pound concrete and terrazzo weight, which forced the frog to be stored offsite. In 2004, the Ruth Mott Foundation purchased the frog from the Flint Children’s Museum for $35,000 where it now resides permanently on the 30-acre Applewood Estates in Flint.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series VIII, Cabinet 1 Drawer 10 Folder 7

Date

c. 1970

Rights

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

Relation

VIII-01-10-07

Format

image/jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Graphite and ink drawing

Identifier

1998.001.VIII.821

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Original Format

Graphite and ink drawing

Physical Dimensions

5" x 8"

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