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Henry Ford Memorial, Henry Ford, [Plaster]

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Title

Henry Ford Memorial, Henry Ford, [Plaster]

Subject

Figure sculpture, American--20th century

Description

Plaster quarter scale Henry Ford coated in a light brown shellac.

"A statue in memory of Henry Ford, intended for the grounds of the Henry Ford Centenial Library in Dearborn and completed in 1975, presented a quite different problem. A statue on an open sweep of lawn required a background of some sort. The man himself was both an ordinary country-born American and a genius, both an unassuming businessman and a man of pronounced individuality. Fredericks set himself the task of perpetuating exactly what the man was and how he looked. After studying hundreds of photographs, Fredericks created a wholly convincing image--to anyone who has seen the living Henry Ford, this is what he was. To create a background where none was to be found, and to say a little of what made this ordinary man in a business suit into a personality of worldwide fame, he added a dark green marble screen behind the bronze figure, the epic transformation of a rural life--a three dimensional storybook of a memorable life."

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1975

Rights

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

Type

Sculpture

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

25" x 7" x 5"

Materials

Plaster

Catalog Number

2000.255

Object Location

Sculptors Studio

Provenance

11/15/2000 gifted to MFSM

March/April 2003 relocated to Sculptor's Studio