There is quite a bit of sculpture and monuments on Belle Isle in addition to many contemporary art works. Here are just a few…
Spanish American War Monument, Allen G. Newman (1932)
This monument is a tribute to the soliders and sailors who served in the Spanish American war of 1898. The dark green patina of the figures is a striking contrast with the white granite structure.
Levi L. Barbour Fountain, Marshall Fredericks (1936)
Levi Barbour was a wealthy attorney and was one of the leaders who fought for the purchase of Belle Isle. Marshall Fredericks won the competition for the design of bronze and granite which showcases a graceful leaping gazelle. There are two basins, and in the lower basin Fredericks sculpted a rabbit, hawk, otter and grouse – all animals that one would find native to the island.
James Scott Statue, Herbert Adams (1925)
This is a continuation from our last Scott Fountain post – Cass Gilbert designed the marble fountain, and recommended Adams for the bronze statue of James Scott. Adams chose to sculpt Scott in formal attire, and is seated in a chair similar to a throne. In his book, Art in Detroit Public Places, author Dennis Nawrocki draws the conclusion that Scott has come to appear like a kind of patriarch of Detroit – which might remember that his gift caused controversy when Scott left $500,000 to the city for a fountain and statue of him. The bronze statue sits on a marble base and has winged details on the sides of the chair.