Detroit Statue Tour

17 stops · 3 hrs by Driving
Created by Jerry Paffendorf

With a RoboCop statue on its way to somewheresville in Detroit, I was curious to see where he'd fit into Detroit's existing statueverse. Thanks to http://detroit1701.org/Public%20Art%20and%20Sculpture.html for listing many of these statues and images. If you see something missing, please email me at jerryp@gmail.com.

1

Russell Alexander Alger Memorial Fountain

E Adams and Woodward

Sculptor: Daniel Chester French. Date of installation: 1921. Materials: Bronze and Granite. photo from detroit1701

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1.4 km from Russell Alexander Alger Memorial Fountain to Ashtabula Pink Landscape – Three Trusses Plus
Head southwest on W Adams Ave toward Woodward Ave (0.4 km)
Turn right onto Cass Ave (0.8 km)
Turn left onto Temple St (0.3 km)

2

Ashtabula Pink Landscape – Three Trusses Plus

Temple and Second

Sculptor: James L. Lawton. Date of creation and installation: 1978. Sculptor’s webpage: http://www.jamesllawton.com/James_L._Lawton.html

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11.4 km from Ashtabula Pink Landscape – Three Trusses Plus to Atom Gazelle
Head northeast on Temple St toward 2nd Ave (0.3 km)
Turn right onto Cass Ave (0.5 km)
Turn left onto W Fisher Service Dr (0.1 km)
Slight left onto the Interstate 75 N ramp (0.2 km)
Merge onto I-75 N (0.3 km)
Take exit 51C for Interstate 75 N/Interstate 375 S toward Flint/Downtown (0.4 km)
Keep right at the fork to stay on Exit 51C, follow signs for I-375 S/Down Town and merge onto I-375 S (1.0 km)
Take the exit toward Jefferson Ave E (0.2 km)
Merge onto Chrysler Service Dr (55 m)
Turn left onto Larned St (2.5 km)
Turn right onto Mt Elliott St (87 m)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (0.6 km)
Slight right toward E Grand Blvd (0.2 km)
Slight right onto E Grand Blvd (0.8 km)
Continue onto Sunset Dr (0.3 km)
Turn left onto Casino Way (0.2 km)
Continue straight onto Central Ave (1.6 km)
Turn left onto Portage Way (0.2 km)
Turn right onto Oakway (1.3 km)
Turn left onto Lakeside Dr (0.6 km)

3

Atom Gazelle

Lakeside and Riverbank Drive

Sculptor: Richard Bennett. Date of installation: 1991. Material: Stainless steel. Website for the sculptor: http://www.richardbennettassociates.com

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1.5 km from Atom Gazelle to Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain
Head southwest on Riverbank Dr toward Lakeside St (1.0 km)
Sharp left onto Oakway (51 m)
Turn right onto Portage Way (0.2 km)
Turn left onto Central Ave (92 m)
Turn right onto Shadownook St
Destination will be on the right
(0.2 km)

4

Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain

Belle Isle

Located in the formal garden just west of the Belle Isle Conservatory on the east side of the island. Sculptor: Marshall Fredericks. Substances: Black granite and Bronze. Put in place: 1936. Website describing this sculpture: http://www.svsu.edu/typo/fileadmin/websites/mfsm/education/Discussion_Questions_and_Activities_2.pdf

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10.4 km from Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain to Statues of General Anthony Wayne, Antoine De La Mothe Cadillac, Chief Pontiac and Robert Navarre
Head northeast on Shadownook St toward Central Ave (69 m)
Turn right onto Central Ave (1.2 km)
Turn left onto Lakeside Dr (0.3 km)
Turn left onto Oakway (1.4 km)
Continue straight onto Riverbank Dr (1.4 km)
Slight right onto Picnic Way (1.0 km)
Picnic Way turns slightly right and becomes E Grand Blvd (0.2 km)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (3.5 km)
Take the ramp to Interstate 375 Business (Spur)/E Jefferson Ave (93 m)
Continue onto Interstate 375 Business (Spur)/E Jefferson Ave
Continue to follow E Jefferson Ave
(0.5 km)
Slight right onto W Jefferson Srv Rd (61 m)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Griswold St (0.4 km)
Turn left onto Michigan Ave (0.3 km)

5

Statues of General Anthony Wayne, Antoine De La Mothe Cadillac, Chief Pontiac and Robert Navarre

Michigan Ave and Washington Blvd

On the Michigan Avenue façade above the major entrance of the Book Cadillac Hotel at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit. Date of installation: 1924.

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6.5 km from Statues of General Anthony Wayne, Antoine De La Mothe Cadillac, Chief Pontiac and Robert Navarre to James J. Brady Memorial
Head south on Washington Blvd toward W Lafayette Blvd (0.6 km)
Turn left onto W Jefferson Srv Rd (0.3 km)
Merge onto W Jefferson Ave (0.5 km)
Take the Jefferson Avenue exit (0.1 km)
Continue onto E Jefferson Ave (3.3 km)
Slight right toward E Grand Blvd (0.2 km)
Slight right onto E Grand Blvd (0.8 km)
Continue onto Sunset Dr (0.3 km)
Turn left onto Casino Way (0.2 km)
Continue straight onto Central Ave (0.2 km)

6

James J. Brady Memorial

Central Avenue and Picnic Way

Location: Central Avenue between Picnic Way and Inselruhe on Belle Isle. Sculptor: Samuel Cashwan. Date of Installation: 1928 Composition: Bronze and Granite. Designer of the pedestal: Frederick C. O’Dell. Use in 2009: Public Sculpture. Website devoted to the accomplishments of Samuel Cashwan: http://www.cashwan.com/

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8.4 km from James J. Brady Memorial to Statue of Robert Burns
Head northeast on Central Ave toward Picnic Way (3 m)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Picnic Way (0.2 km)
Slight left to stay on Picnic Way (1.0 km)
Picnic Way turns slightly right and becomes E Grand Blvd (0.2 km)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (3.2 km)
Turn right onto Chrysler Dr/Chrysler Service Dr (0.2 km)
Take the ramp on the left onto I-375 N (1.0 km)
Take the I-75 S exit toward Toledo (0.8 km)
Merge onto Fisher Fwy (0.5 km)
Continue onto I-75 S/Fisher Fwy (0.4 km)
Take exit 50 toward Gd River Ave (0.2 km)
Keep left at the fork and merge onto W Fisher Service Dr (0.3 km)
Turn left onto Cass Ave (0.5 km)

7

Statue of Robert Burns

Temple and Cass

Sculptor: George A. Lawson. Date of Original statue: 1891. Location of original statue: Aye, Scotland, the birthplace of Robert Burns. Date of dedication of this statue in Cass Park: July 23, 1921. Sponsors of this statue: City of Detroit Burns Club and their ladies auxiliary, The Jean Amour Club.

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2.3 km from Statue of Robert Burns to Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac Statue
Head northeast on Temple St toward Park Ave (0.3 km)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (1.5 km)
Slight right onto W Fort St (63 m)
Turn left onto Griswold St (0.3 km)
Turn left onto W Jefferson Ave (89 m)

8

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac Statue

Hart Plaza

Date of Installation: 2001

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5.2 km from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac Statue to Statue of Father Solanus Casey
Head northeast on E Jefferson Ave toward Bates St (0.5 km)
Continue onto I-375 N (signs for Interstate 75/Interstate 375/Flint) (1.5 km)
Take the I-75 S exit toward M-3/Toledo/Gratiot Avenue (0.2 km)
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for M-3/Gratlot Ave and merge onto Fisher Fwy (0.5 km)
Slight left onto Gratiot Ave (0.4 km)
Turn right onto E Vernor Hwy (1.6 km)
Turn right onto Mt Elliott St
Destination will be on the left
(0.5 km)

9

Statue of Father Solanus Casey

1740 Mt. Eliott

In front of the St Bonaventure Monastary.

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6.0 km from Statue of Father Solanus Casey to Bust of Lewis Cass
Head northwest on Mt Elliott St toward Kercheval Ave (2.4 km)
Turn left onto E Warren Ave (3.4 km)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave
Destination will be on the left
(0.2 km)

10

Bust of Lewis Cass

5201 Woodward

Second Floor Balcony at the Cass Avenue Entrance, Detroit Public Library. Date of sculpture: 1845. Sculptor: Thomas D. Jones

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1.9 mi from Bust of Lewis Cass to Statue of Ty Cobb
Head southeast on Woodward Ave toward Farnsworth St (1.8 mi)
Turn left onto Witherell St (0.1 mi)

11

Statue of Ty Cobb

Adams and Witherell

Located in the walkway above left field in Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit and visible from Adams between Witherell and Brush. Sculptors: Julie Amrany, Omni Amrany and Lou Cella. Date of Dedication: 2000.

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0.8 mi from Statue of Ty Cobb to Bust of Christopher Columbus
Head northeast on E Adams Ave toward John R St (423 ft)
Turn right onto John R St (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Broadway St (0.2 mi)
Continue onto Randolph Street (0.4 mi)

12

Bust of Christopher Columbus

Randolph and Jefferson

Sculptor: Augusto Rivalta. Substance: Bronze and travertine. Date of Installation: 1910

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0.4 mi from Bust of Christopher Columbus to Dancing Maidens
Head northwest on Randolph Street toward E Jefferson Ave (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto E Congress St (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (440 ft)
Turn right onto Cadillac Square
Destination will be on the left
(121 ft)

13

Dancing Maidens

Cass Avenue and Reuther Mall

On the campus of Wayne State University near the Reuther Library and close to the intersection of Cass Avenue and Reuther Mall across Cass Avenue from the Detroit Public Library. Sculptor: Oskar Stonorov. Date of Casting: 1960. Date of Installation: 1973. photo by flickr user pinehurst19475:

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3.6 mi from Dancing Maidens to Partners: The Detroit Evening News Sculpture
Head east on Cadillac Square toward Bates St (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto Randolph Street (387 ft)
Turn left onto Larned St (1.9 mi)
Turn right onto Mt Elliott St (285 ft)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (0.4 mi)
Slight right toward E Grand Blvd (0.1 mi)
Slight right onto E Grand Blvd (0.5 mi)
Continue onto Sunset Dr (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Casino Way (0.1 mi)
Continue straight onto Central Ave (0.1 mi)

14

Partners: The Detroit Evening News Sculpture

Central Avenue and Picnic Way

Near the intersection of Central Avenue and Picnic Way on Belle Isle. Sculptor for the original: Frederick Dunbar. Date of dedication: July 6, 1997. Sculptor for the recreation: Janice B. Trimpe of Grosse Pointe. Website for the sculptor of the present work: http://www.trimpesculpture.com.

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3.4 mi from Partners: The Detroit Evening News Sculpture to Passo di Danza
Head northeast on Central Ave toward Picnic Way (10 ft)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Picnic Way (0.1 mi)
Slight left to stay on Picnic Way (0.6 mi)
Picnic Way turns slightly right and becomes E Grand Blvd (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto E Jefferson Ave (2.2 mi)
Take the ramp to Interstate 375 Business (Spur)/E Jefferson Ave (305 ft)
Continue onto Interstate 375 Business (Spur)/E Jefferson Ave
Continue to follow E Jefferson Ave
(0.3 mi)
Slight right onto W Jefferson Srv Rd
Destination will be on the right
(82 ft)

15

Passo di Danza

1 Woodward Ave

Located in front of the Michigan Consolidated Gas/One Woodward Building along West Jefferson Avenue. Sculptor: Giacoma Manzu. Material: bronze. Date of installation: 1963.

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0.8 mi from Passo di Danza to The Entrance
Head southwest on W Jefferson Srv Rd toward Griswold St (121 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Griswold St (262 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W Larned St (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Randolph Street (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto Gratiot Ave (282 ft)
Make a U-turn (0.1 mi)

16

The Entrance

Gratiot Avenue and Randolph

A sculpture by John Piet created in 1975 and moved more recently to its present location.

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11.3 mi from The Entrance to Henry Ford Statue
Head southwest on Gratiot Ave toward Broadway St (174 ft)
Turn left onto Randolph Street (0.4 mi)
Turn right onto E Jefferson Ave (0.5 mi)
Continue onto M-10 N/John C Lodge Fwy (2.6 mi)
Take exit 4B on the left for Interstate 94 W toward Chicago (0.4 mi)
Merge onto I-94 W (4.5 mi)
Take exit 210A for Michigan Ave/US 12 toward Dearborn (0.4 mi)
Turn right onto US-12 W/Michigan Ave (2.4 mi)
Turn left toward Michigan Ave (161 ft)
Turn left onto Michigan Ave (0.2 mi)

17

Henry Ford Statue

16301 Michigan Avenue

Located at the Henry Ford Centennial Library, Dearborn. Sculptor: Marshall Fredericks. Composition: Marble and bronze. Date of installation: 1975.

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