The Department of Public Service says the water pump has died, but will either be “rebuilt or replaced ASAP,” according to a post on the city of Royal Oak’s Facebook page.
The Star Dream Fountain, the work of the late Marshall Fredericks, was dedicated in 1997. Fredericks, who had a studio in Royal Oak at 4113 N. Woodward Ave., also sculpted the Leaping Gazelle to the right of the main gate of the and the famed Spirit of Detroit in front the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit.
The graceful statute in Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza is maintained at a cost of $9,250 annually by a Detroit sculptural restoration firm, Venus Bronze Works.
- The nude statute isn’t without controversy. Do you love it, hate it, or are you ambivalent?