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Royal Oak's Graceful Star Dream Fountain Will Flow Water Again

The pump in the iconic statue is kaput, but that’s only a temporary condition, city officials say.

Water will flow in the Star Dream Fountain when a water pump is either fixed or replaced. (Photo: City of Royal Oak)
Water will flow in the Star Dream Fountain when a water pump is either fixed or replaced. (Photo: City of Royal Oak)
Royal Oak’s most famous couple, the nude man and woman depicted in the Star Dream Fountain, is dry – but not for long.

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.

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  • The nude statute isn’t without controversy. Do you love it, hate it, or are you ambivalent?
RON Ostrodamus June 03, 2014 at 01:41 AM
I was there and watched the levitation of "Judy in the sky with ca-mer-a" (repeat chorus). Note in this picture the lack of benches for residents, or visitors. Some polish the skateboard chipped granite fountain with their tushes. What you cannot see from that angle is the beautiful treed path with only TWO original pitiful benches usually filled on days like this. Also out of site are Main Street tourists squatting on the concrete flower beds because there are only a handful of benches to go around for the entire downtown. Very disappointing is the minuscule curbside bicycle rack on the corner Main by Brueggers that holds only four bicycles, and not the ten I expected. That is not much of an incentive to invite more bicycle riders, or encourage Brueggers to stay open longer despite their new gourmet coffee and fresh bagel sandwiches. Under the sway of bar owners city hall just wants to spend the minimal to make this town's outdated downtown park and sidewalks a more family oriented place for kids with dripping ice cream cones and our ballooning senior population whose beer quaffing days are long gone and just like to walk the city after a brunch stopping to take a rest ever so often if they can find a bench to sit on. Plenty of room though for fume spewing, loud revving jock rockets and their butt flicking, trash dropping, sidewalk spitting companions.
RON Ostrodamus June 03, 2014 at 01:58 AM
The money spent on maintaining the statue is too high in my opinion. Its patina should only need to be applied every few years. The fountain inside looks like a neglected storm drain! What is the deal here? I would like to see an itemized bill every year if that is not too much to ask,
anna d June 03, 2014 at 07:29 PM
I love the fountain. But i don't need to enjoy it vicariously through some pr person's ride on a fire truck crane. Not sure about the cost of fountain upkeep, but i do wonder what that crane ride cost. And why anyone thought it provided essential info for residents.
RON Ostrodamus June 08, 2014 at 01:05 AM
Iake it easy anna, understand your frustratrion. As for ROFD practice (training) makes perfect so I have no problem with the free ride. I do have a problem with the ten grand a year contract for our PC dynamic duo. This is only for polishing and cleaning and occasional painting over the natural patina which I feel is largely unnecessary More needed are park benches, and a general refurbishing of the downtown park to keep up with its increasing use. Some want more bar stools on Troy no problem, but more benches that add to quality of life enjoyment of a park and downtown the answer is:"We don't have the money". Give us all a break Ellison! Next election we need to knock this entire system off their collective bar stools. Enough is enough.
Mark Itall June 08, 2014 at 02:14 AM
Of course you feel the cleaning process is largely unnecessary Ron. Because as usual, you have done zero research and have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

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