The City of Wyandotte has a vast array of monuments and sculpture throughout the city, both new and old. These public works of art help to link our downtown areas and beautify our town. More information about choice pieces of Wyandotte sculpture may be found in the booklet If Monuments Could Talk by Nancy Wesser, which is available for purchase at the Wyandotte Museums Gift Shop.
|Gwen Frostic Sculpture
The Gwen Frostic Sculpture was dedicated on April 26th, 2009. The sculpture sits in Frostic Field, located just behind the Copeland Center. The sculpture was given to the City of Wyandotte by Western Michigan University. The WMU sculpture team was lead by John Running-Johnson and consisted of Rob Bartholomew, Andrea DePollo, Eric Froh and Greg Woody. WMU has honored our city and memorialized Ms. Frostic with the gift of this fabulous sculpture that melds Gwen’s metal work with her delicate prints of Michigan’s flora and fauna. Gwen Frostic was an artist, poet, philosopher, naturalist, motivational speaker, member of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and holder of five honorary degrees.
Count Casimir Pulaski
The statue of Count Casimir Pulaski is located in Pulaski Park on 12th street south of Walnut. The statue, dedicated in 1938 depicts Count Pulaski and was originally cast in concrete. The statue was shipped to the New York World’s Fair in 1939, and remained there until the Detroit Institute of Arts acquired it. It was then given to Wyandotte, to be place in Pulaski park. As a result of its extensive decay, the statue was re-cast in bronze in 1991, and rededicated to the city.
The Childhood Friends Bronze is located at Jefferson Elementary School at 1515 15th Street, Wyandotte. The bronze plaque was created by Marshall Fredricks in 1958. The statue is comprised of two children flanked by a moose and a bear. A smaller version of the bronze is on display in the collection of the
Cranbrook Art Museum.
The Looking Forward Statue was donated as a gift to the City of Wyandotte as a Sesquicentennial gift to the City. The bronze, created by John Pappas of Ypsilanti, was installed in 2000. The sculpture is located in BASF waterfront park.
The Merrill Lynch Bull
The Merrill Lynch Bull was created by artist, Keith Coleman in 2005.
The Bull sits on the corner of Biddle Avenue and Oak streets in front of the fully restored Armstrong Building. The Bull is created from salvaged water heater cores, and has a weathered rust finish.
Purple Heart Memorial
Originally dedicated by Michigan Governor Harry Kelly in 1943 during the Second World War, the statue was designed and sculpted by Isadore DeBiasi of River Rouge. The statue features the poignant image of a US soldier caring for his wounded brother in arms; the monument was cast in limestone to stand as a testament to the sacrifice of Michigan servicemen and women. Wyandotte has the distinguished honor of being the first city in the country to which the National Military Order of the Purple Heart commissioned and donated a monument of this type.
The Wyandotte Beatification Commission, and local veterans worked together to raise funds to bronze the Purple Heart statue from 2007 to 2010. Members of the commission also raised funding for the construction of the Purple Heart Memorial Garden, which was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 31st, 2010.
More information about the Purple Heart Memorial Garden can be found by clicking here.
The Wyandotte Veterans Memorial Committee spearheaded the construction of the Veterans Memorial located in Bishop Park. The memorial is constructed of black granite, and is flanked by flags and was designed by Mike Miller, the winner of a design competition held for the project.
World War I Memorial
The World War I Memorial is located on Superior Boulevard, just East of Biddle Avenue was dedicated to the city in 1923. The boulder and bronze tablet list the names of those who lost their lives in World War I. Two cannons also sit on the site of the memorial.
The Wyandotte Bear
The Wyandotte Bear was created by artist, Keith Coleman in 2006. The Bear sits on the corner of Eureka and Fifth Street in front of Wyandotte Roosevelt High School. The Bear is created from salvaged water heater cores, and has a weathered rust finish.
The Wyandots – A Family Tribute
The Wyandots – A Family Tribute was dedicated to the City of Wyandotte in 2000. The sculpture sits in BASF Park, near Wyandotte Shores Golf Course. The sculpture was created by Michaele Duffy Kramer and is made of bronze. The sculpture is modeled after a Native American family, and depicts items that are essential to their survival: corn, beans, squash, as well as tobacco, sage, sweet grass and cedar.
Wyandot Totem Pole
The Wyandot Totem Pole was donated to the City of Wyandotte by the Wyandotte Savings Bank to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 1971. The totem pole sits at the Southwest corner of Eureka and Biddle Avenue near the fountain.
The totem pole was carved by Gordon Watkins, and is constructed of cedar. A large turtle sits atop the pole represents Chief Walk-in-the-Water family totem. Five other figures tell the story of the Wyandot that settled in this area: An Iroquois warrior, The crest of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, A beaver, a whitefish and finally the figure of a Wyandot clutching a canoe paddle.