The Spirit Of Detroit Is Embodied In This Must-See Monument

on October 29, 2013


The Spirit Of Detroit is a city monument that features a large bronze statue that was created by Marshall Fredericks and is located at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI).

The monument was commissioned in 1955 at a cost of $58,000 (estimated to be $500,000 today). The statue itself depicts a large seated figure who is holding a bronze sphere that emanates rays (symbolizing God). The figure holds a family group in its right hand.

The 26-foot sculpture was the largest cast bronze statue since the Renaissance period when it was first installed. It was initially cast in Oslo, Norway.

In 2006, the statue underwent a restoration that was primarily funded by foundations and other private donators.

The statue is currently valued at approximately $1,000,000.

The statue is frequently dressed in sports jerseys when local teams are in the playoffs.