DETROIT – In 1955, the city of Detroit commissioned a sculpture from renowned artist Marshall Fredericks to be placed at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Woodward Avenue. The large statue holds in its left hand a bronze sphere that Fredericks said symbolized God and in its right hand is a family that symbolizes humanity.
When it was installed, the sculpture was the largest cast bronze statue created since the Renaissance.
Fredericks said he hoped the 26-foot-tall sculpture might encourage and inspire.
Unlike many works of art, he did not give a name to the sculpture, though Detroiters soon took to calling it “The Spirit of Detroit.”
When things seem to be at their worst, Metro Detroiters rise to their best. The Spirit of Detroit drives us to dig deeper, not merely for the best of who we are, but for the best of who we can be for each other.
That spirit has never faced a challenge more daunting than the crisis that confronts us now. Yet, we see it across Metro Detroit everyday. We see it expressed in strength, resilience, courage and -- something that flourishes in abundance in our communities -- kindness.
As we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic and racial strife, Metro Detroiters stand strong to lift each other up.
The one-hour special, hosted by Devin Scillian and Kimberly Gill, can be seen in the video player above.
Watch to see:
- Detroit robotics teacher takes charge to keep protest calm
- Mentorship program brings Detroit teenagers together with police officers
- Metro Detroit chefs work together to feed 400 people each day
- Movie star, comedian Kevin Hart invests in Detroit-based Ellis Island Tea
- Michigan Rock School creates album remotely, donates proceeds to charity
- Metro Detroit volunteers help families grow produce for local food pantries
- DPD officer helps crying child work through fear of police
- Metro Detroiters turn garden hobbies into community help
- Michigan teen’s card campaign for COVID-19 patients grows nationally
- St. Clair Shores community celebrates with parade after 11-year-old is deemed cancer-free
- Royal Oak community helps woman celebrate 104th birthday with parade
- Detroit Youth Choir aims to inspire change with song