Flying Wild Geese [Bronze]

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Flying Wild Geese [Bronze]


Animal sculpture--20th century


Flying Wild Geese, 1955
Bronze, cast 1960

Gift of Rug and Jerry Blumenthal

Fredericks created this sculpture as a memorial for Alvan MacCauley (1872-1952), president of the Packard Motor Car Company. The subject matter reflects MacCauley's love of nature and wildlife. The MacCauley Memorial is located at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Additional casts have been made for the Saginaw Art Museum and Andersen Enrichment Center, both of Saginaw, Michigan; Foreign Ministry, Copenhagen, Denmark; Brookgreen Gardens, Pawley's Island, South Carolina; and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998


Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998




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




University Center (Mich.)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

43" x 43" x 27"


Bronze full-scale

Catalog Number


Object Location

Main Exhibit Gallery


03/22/1989 gifted to MFSM


From Jennifer Lentz (Collection Documentation Intern 1991-1992)
Memo dated April 9, 1992:

"RE: Flying Wild Geese

I asked Molly to ask Mr. Fredericks if he designed this specifically for Alvan Macauley and he said he did."

"Art in Detroit Public Places" copy (by Dennis Alan Nawrocki):
"Over one hundred years after the Waterman memorial by Randolph Rogers, Marshall Fredericks sculpted another interpretation of the theme of departure-the triumphant lift-off of two full-bodied geese from their marshy habitat. Placed over the grave of Alvan Macauley (1872-1952), for many years head of the Packard Motor Car Company, the sculpture also commemorates Macauley's abiding interest in wildlife. In this work Fredericks interest in minimizing detail has resulted in a dramatic image that captures the essence of the powerful flight of the geese. Carl Milles' Spirit of Transportation (1960), which stands outside Cobo Hall, is also a memorial to Macauley."

Molly Barth copy:
The next piece is The Flying Wild Geese. It is a bronze cast. This sculpture was originally made as a memorial for Alvin McCauley, who was president of the Packard Motor Company. He loved wildlife. The McCauley Memorial is located in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. Additional casts have been made for the Saginaw Art Museum, the Foreign Ministry Building in Copenhagen, Denmark, the top of the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn. (They have a garden on the roof there, and there is a special dining room) and Alma College.




Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998, “Flying Wild Geese [Bronze],” Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, accessed June 23, 2024,