After taking a quick picture of this sculpture (depicting a mother, a father and two children) on the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak campus this fall, I wanted to find out a little more about its history. Here are some interesting facts I learned:
- It was created by world-renowned sculptor Marshall Fredericks.
- Fredericks’ other notable works include “Spirit of Detroit” outside of Detroit city government headquarters; “Christ on the Cross” in Indian River; and the “Star Dream” sculpture in downtown Royal Oak.
- The sculpture was a gift to the hospital in 1954 from Lola Jennings Erb in memory of her late husband.
- It stands 16-feet tall and weighs over 300 pounds. It is made of polished aluminum.
What is your favorite piece of art on Beaumont’s campuses? Are there other pieces of art around Beaumont that you’ve wondered the origin of?