Event to celebrate Spirit of Detroit sculpture's anniversary

Free program scheduled Sept. 21

DETROIT, Mich. - The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the Spirit of Detroit sculpture.

A free program is scheduled Friday, Sept. 21 at the sculpture outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in downtown Detroit.

The sculpture by artist Marshall Fredericks was commissioned in 1955. The bronze cast was made in Norway and shipped to Detroit where the 26-foot-tall (7.9-meter-tall) sculpture was dedicated in September 1958.

About $170,000 in restoration improvements were made to the sculpture in time for its 50th anniversary.

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