|Horace E. Dodge & Son Memorial. Located at Hart Plaza Detroit, MI. Answering a plea from Detroit News editor Martin Hayden and Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh, socialite and city benefactor Anna Thomson Dodge, widow of automobile baron Horace E. Dodge, bequeathed $2 million to the city to erect a fountain in the Philip Hart Civic Center Plaza at Jefferson and Woodward Ave as a memorial to her late husband and her son, Horace Dodge Jr. Sculptor Isamu Noguchi won the job to design the fountain which was completed in 1978. The thirty-foot high Dodge fountain forms the focus of Hart plaza. Composed of a stainless steel ring suspended daringly between two inwardly canted supports, it sprays water from the basin below which can interact in a vareity of ways with the downward sprays from the ring above. The Detroit River and the skyline of Windsor form backdrops for the fountain. Its powerful jets of water and dramatic setting combine to create a futuristic environment. Said Noguchi, "I wanted to make a new fountain, a fountain which represents our times and our relationship to outer space." |
Source: The Detroit News.