This Month's MagazineDining and SpiritsArts and EntertainmentTravel and LeisureHome and Real EstateHealth and WellnessShopping & FashionEvents and PicsElegant Wedding Magazine

Bookmark and share

Issue Date: August 2009

Fountain of Eternal Life

Seth Shapiro
It goes by various names:the Fountain of Eternal Life, the War Memorial Fountain. But when the monument on Memorial Plaza was being designed by Marshall Fredericks to honor World War II and Korean War veterans, some Clevelanders just called it inappropriate. The main figures in the sculptor’s plans were to be nude. While today’s fountain shows a nude male rising out of flames, Frederick also wanted to include a nude female. American Gold Star Mothers of Cuyahoga County were adamant that the figures be clothed, so Fredericks removed the female and added some strategically placed flames. “By incorporating the flames, Marshall was able to placate the concerns,” says Melissa Ford, archivist for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. His original idea was used for his Star Dream Fountain, which was dedicated in Royal Oak, Mich., in 1997. To this day, some Royal Oak residents are opposed to the nudity of the statue’s two figures.

Comments. All comments must be approved by our editorial staff.
Choose an identity
Other Anonymous
All of these fields are optional.
CAPTCHA Validation
Retype the code from the picture
CAPTCHA Code Image
Speak the code Change the code

Home | Subscribe | Archives | Advertise | Newsstands | Contact Us | Jobs | Legal
© Cleveland Magazine 2014 | P: (216) 771-2833 | F: (216) 781-6318 | 1422 Euclid Ave. Suite 730 Cleveland, Ohio 44115
This site is a member of the City & Regional Magazine Association