Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 136-137 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Milles, Carl, 1875-1955 Subject
Cranbrook Academy of Art Subject
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CARL MILLES' ORPHEUS FOUNTAIN
Carl Milles has more than 70 pieces of sculpture on the
grounds at Cranbrook today.
Crowning Cranbrook is the beautiful work of eight spirits
listening to the mystical heavenly music of Orpheus. The
great statue of Orpheus himself is not in its place in the
center of the fountain, but is Instead in Stockholm, Sweden,
Carl Milles' birthplace.
A miniature of Orpheus is in the Crafts Court.
The eight bronze figures were done in 1936. All are
originals, and only the statue with the uplifted fist is a
recognizable figure, being that of Beethoven.
"The eight figures in this fountain group are not symbolic,
they are just people listening to music," Carl Milles stated.
Michael Hall now heads the Cranbrook Academy Sculpture
Department. Examples of his work, academy students' work
and loan pieces can be seen throughout the grounds of
Cranbrook--visual evidence of the fact that Cranbrook is
continuing to be a leader in its creative endeavors,
not content to rest on the laurels of its early years.