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Mikeg
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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Scott Fountain, Sept. 5, 1956

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Scott Fountain, Sept. 5, 1956


Scott Fountain, May 18, 1958

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Scott Fountain, May 18, 1958



Marshall Fredericks' wounded gazelle sculpture on the Barbour Memorial Fountain, Sept. 1952.

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Barbour Memorial Fountain


Canoe Rental building, Sept. 5, 1956

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Canoe Rental building, Sept. 5, 1956



Fish Pond, Sept. 1955

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Fish Pond a

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Fish Pond b


Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Sept. 1955

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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory a

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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory b
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Cub
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Too bad it doesnt look like that now. Those are some greats pictures.
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Mauser765
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nice pics ! the Coy pond is certainly thriving in that photo.

is the gazelle supposed to be "wounded" ? I though it was just in a dynamic pose.
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Bulletmagnet
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Wow. The best of the bunch!
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Aiw
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The Levi Barbour Fountain (the gazelle) is a awesome piece of sculpture, and is hands down my favourite Marshall Fredericks work.

There is a second copy of the work at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
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Mikeg
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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 7:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

is the gazelle supposed to be "wounded" ? I though it was just in a dynamic pose.


Several on-line articles, including this one, make reference to the "wounded gazelle":
In 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, Marshall Fredericks won a national competition to design a sculpture for the garden area on Belle Isle in front of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. His wounded gazelle, a 16 foot bronze statue leaping in a simple fountain in the center of a formal garden, started the city's long love affair with the artist.

The island's grandiose Scott Fountain attracts much attention, but Fredericks' more humble work, named The Levi L. Barbour Memorial, inspires visitors to pose with the beautiful beast.....


Photo caption: Fredericks' graceful wounded gazelle at Barbour Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle was designed to salute emigrants to America from Norway.


More information about Levi Barbour and the Memorial Fountain is contained on this page of the book "Art in Detroit Public Places", by Dennis Alan Nawrocki and David Clements. The authors of this piece simply refer to the sculpture as being that of a "spirited gazelle".

My conclusion is that there appears to be no single, definitive description of the gazelle.
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Lodgedodger
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Wow! More beautiful work, Mikeg. I'd like to post a few of my Belle Isle photos later today if you don't mind...

Btw, I don't recall seeing the canoe rental building...is it still there?

Bet some of those fish are still in the koi pond...anyone noticed how large some of them are?
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Aiw
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I have an architectural magazine (Pencil Points, I think...) that has an article about the fountain when it was installed.

I'll have to dig it out and see what it says about the Gazelle.
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Mikeg
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Lodgerdodger, post away!

I believe that the canoe rental building is long-gone and that it used to stand just to the right of the bridge as soon as you arrived on the island.

I'm just starting to scan eight more slides for this thread. They represent some of the photographer's better Belle Isle flower photos. The should be up shortly and that will conclude my contributions to this thread.

There are a number of 1952-1963 Kodachrome slides taken on the grounds of Cranbrook that will go up as a separate thread in the near future and which will conclude the "Vintage Kodachrome" series of threads.
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Detroitbred
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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 9:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place.
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Mauser765
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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 9:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I got my take on the gazelle from Art in Detroit Public Places - which btw is in its third edition now with great updates.

Wondering what the significance of being wounded would be ?
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Mikeg
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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 9:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Belle Isle flowers:

March 1956
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belle_isle_flowers_march1956


April 1956
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belle_isle_flowers_a_april1956


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belle_isle_flowers_b_april1956


Sept. 1956
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belle_isle_flowers_sept1956


Sept. 1957
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belle_isle_flowers_sept1957


Nov. 1957
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belle_isle_flowers_nov1957


Feb. 1959
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belle_isle_flowers_feb1959


April 1959
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belle_isle_flowers_april1959
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Mikeg
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These three photos were not taken on Belle Isle but they fit in well with the others.

Dahlias at the Detroit Zoo:

Sept. 25, 1955
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dahlia_detroit_zoo_25sept1955


Sept. 30, 1962
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dahlia_detroit_zoo_30sept1962


Columbine, J.L. Hudson's, June 9, 1983
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columbine_jl_hudson_store_detroit_09june1983
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Aiw
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Ok, from the February 1937 issue of Pencil Points, in an article entitled: The Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain

quote:

The central figure, which he (Fredericks) did in green bronze in contrast to the black Mellen Granite of the basin and smaller figures, represents a leaping gazelle caught in its most significant and beautiful movement. For the smaller figures Fredericks adapted four of the animals native to the territory, using two each of the predatory and non-predatory groups to show their beauty.



Here are a couple of shots from the copy in South Carolina:


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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 5:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mikeg again, a thousand thanks for all of the provided information pertaining to the photos posted in the wonderful "Vintage Kodachrome" run. These shots represent the enduring quality of the slide medium itself. Also, one cannot forget the sharp eye of the photographer, and the not-so-obvious fine camera and camera lens that were chosen for these outstanding floral images. A+ work, and a gold star too!