War Memorial Fountain


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War Memorial Fountain

Dedicated in 1964, Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Marshall Fredericks designed the War Memorial Fountain (also known as the "Fountain of Eternal Life" and "Peace Arising from the Flames of War"), which honors Cleveland soldiers who died during World War II and the Korean War.

At first, Fredericks intended his male figure to be fully nude, and he also planned to incorporate a nude female figure into the sculpture. However, the American Gold Star Mothers of Cuyahoga County (an organization made up of women who have lost a child in war) did not want any nudity in the sculpture, so Fredericks removed the female entirely and added flames to the male's lower half to meet these demands. Fredericks's Star Dream Fountain in Royal Oak, Michigan incorporates elements of his original concept for the Cleveland fountain.


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