With just under a month until the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue, the sculpture’s mold is ready.
The dedication ceremony for the project that was announced in 2014 will take place in Kresge Plaza on May 12, Chief Staff Officer Mike Harner said.
Until then, the statue is being casted and will then travel from California, where award-winning sculptor Bruce Wolfe lives, to Michigan via truck, Wolfe said.
“The sculpture is in the foundry, and the waxes have been poured, and Bruce has adjusted them, before the bronze is poured,” Wolfe’s wife, Linda, said in an email.
The sculpture’s concept design depicts Douglass at the height of his oratory power, around 1863, when he first visited Hillsdale College.
The 7‑foot-tall statue of Douglass will stand across Kresge Plaza from President Abraham Lincoln, where groundskeepers have placed a cement circle in preparation for the installation.