Marshall Fredericks designed Friendly Dragon for children, giving him a smile and a relaxed posture so as not to frighten them. Friendly Dragon is a whimsical work and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is home to two casts of the gentle giant per Fred Meijer's request.
The Friendly Dragon represents a wild, mythical animal who has become friendly, almost like a pet. The sleepy smile and relaxed posture suggests a friendliness intended to draw children in as opposed to frightening them away.
Marshall Fredericks. Friendly Dragon, 1992. Bronze, 58.5 x 132 x 57.5 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Marshall Fredericks.