Friendly Frog

Marshall Fredericks, 1970

Terrazzo and concrete | 6,600 lbs | 63” High
Installed in 2004

This smiling amphibian was created out of terrazzo and concrete by sculptor Marshall Fredericks (1908–98). Commissioned in 1970 for the opening of the Genesee Valley Shopping Center, Friendly Frog quickly became a favorite for the children visiting the mall. Friendly Frog was brought to Applewood in 2004. Its Applewood “pad,” located inside the Entrance Gate from the Visitor Parking Lot, includes a colorful slip-resistant surface, water features, seating, and pots of beautiful flowers.

Anvil’s Reach

Richard Hunt, 1986

Cor-Ton Steel | Abstract Sculpture
Installed in 2007*

Richard Hunt describes his work as a “…kind of bridge between what we experience in nature and what we experience in the urban, industrial technology-driven society we live in.” Like his sculpture Columnar Construction, also at the edge of the Discovery Trail, Anvil’s Reach invites us to reflect on the blending of natural and industrial forms and the beauty in both.

* On loan from the Mott-Warsh Collection, a privately owned, publicly shared collection of American fine art based here in Flint.


Original: Marshall Field & Co.
Replica: Bybee Stone Company Inc.

Limestone | 43″ High
Installed in 1918/1992

The original birdbath was made out of cement and was purchased for $40 in May 1918, from Marshall Field & Co. of Chicago. This replica was installed in the same location in the Perennial Garden in May 1992 and is made out of dressed Indiana limestone from Bybee Stone Company Inc. of Bloomington, Ind.

A statue of a girl with her arms outstretched is pictured in the Demonstration Garden at Applewood
A side view of a statue of a girl with her arms outstretched is pictured at Applewood
Ruth Mott pictured on her 90th birthday, arms outstretched to her guests
Ruth Mott poses with La Brezza in the garden at Applewood in 1997

La Brezza

Florentine Craftsman, Inc.

Lead Sculpture | Pompeian Green Finish | 43″ High
Installed in 1996

In Italian, La Brezza means “The Breeze,” which is an appropriate description of this delicate sculpture that overlooks the beauty of the flowers in the Demonstration Garden. It was purchased from Florentine Craftsmen Inc. for Ruth Mott’s 95th birthday by friends, staff, and family. The sculpture reminded Mrs. Mott’s loved ones of a photo taken at her 90th birthday, as she welcomed guests with arms joyfully outstretched.

Columnar Construction

Richard Hunt, 2011

Stainless steel | Abstract Sculpture | 40′ High
Installed in 2011

The 3.5-ton sculpture was created by Richard Hunt, acclaimed nationally for his fluid designs and his love of public art. Columnar Construction is a gift from the Mott-Warsh Collection to the Ruth Mott Foundation and Applewood. The sculpture commemorates what would have been the 110th birthday of Ruth Mott.

Marble Wellhead

Importers: A. Olivotti & Co.

Marble | 52″ Diameter | 32″ High
Installed in 1918

The marble wellhead was purchased and brought to Applewood in 1918 from Florence, Italy. Today, the wellhead contains a gurgling fountain that brings the sound of water to the Perennial Garden. Playful cherubs adorn the wellhead. An inscription around the edge reads, “Homines humileque mijcinas lymphae jurant,” which translated means, “The great, the lowly, and the tamarisk enjoy the waters.”

Risky Intentions

Chakaia Booker, 2007

Stainless Steel and Rubber
Installed in 2007*

Chakaia Booker’s sculptures are constructed of salvaged rubber, primarily old tires, that she cuts into strips and shapes into fluid forms using the qualities of the material to define the character of each work. Her intention is to translate materials into imagery that will stimulate people to consider themselves as part of the environment—one piece of it. She says, “I believe art should dialogue with viewers.”

* On loan from the Mott-Warsh Collection, a privately owned, publicly shared collection of American fine art based here in Flint.

Story Circles

Guy Adamec, 2004

Mosaic Tile on Concrete | 5′ Long
Installed in 2004

Story Circles began with individuals from the community telling stories of joy and celebration in their lives. These stories were interpreted by the artist, and five common themes were woven together to form the bench top. Freedom, Dancing, Planting, Brotherhood, and Family are depicted in a circular motif.