Composite images of the Spirit of Detroit

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 1: Head © J. Ashley Nixon

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Marshall Fredericks

One of the most prolific sculptors of the twentieth century, Marshall Fredericks (1908-1998), is recognized for his large-scale figures, public monuments and fountains in more than 150 locations in the USA and other countries including Denmark, England, Finland, Japan, Norway and Sweden.

The Spirit of Detroit

Located outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center at the start of Woodward Avenue, Detroit, this 7.9 m tall bronze cast was commissioned in 1955 and revealed in 1958. This iconic urban design has become a symbol of the people of Detroit and their determination to prevail.

On the wall, behind the sculpture is an inscription from the Bible which speaks of human spirit and freedom:

“Now the Lord is that spirit. And where that spirit of the Lord is, There is liberty.”

In the left hand of the figure is a sphere projecting rays of light, a symbol of God. In his right hand, he holds a family group-mother, father, and child, described in the plaque as the “noblest human relationship”.

The Spirit of Detroit is sometimes comforted by a jersey, belonging to one of the Detroit teams such the Redwings (NHL hockey), Lions (NFL Football), Pistons (NBA basketball) or Tigers (MLB baseball) when they are in winning ways. This composite of individual photos was assembled following a visit to Detroit in April 2016.

J. Ashley Nixon Photography

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 1: Hand © J. Ashley Nixon

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 1: Hand holding family
Photo © J. Ashley Nixon

 

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 1: Head © J. Ashley Nixon

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 2: Head
Photo © J. Ashley Nixon

 

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 3: Hand holding a sphere projecting rays of light as a symbol of God © J. Ashley Nixon

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 3: Hand holding a sphere projecting rays of light as a symbol of God.
Photo © J. Ashley Nixon

 

 

 

 

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The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 4: Right knee and foot. Photo © J. Ashley Nixon

 

 

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 5: Torso © J. Ashley Nixon

The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 5: Torso
Photo © J. Ashley Nixon

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The Spirit of Detroit. Sculpture by Marshall Fredericks on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA. 6: Left knee
Photo © J. Ashley Nixon

 

J. Ashley Nixon Photography

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