Ugly Duckling is based on the tale of the ugly duckling by Hans Christian Anderson. At the base of the sculpture you have the cygnet, young and uncoordinated. At the top soars the beautiful swan that the cygnet eventually becomes.
Marshall Fredericks. Flying Swan and Ugly Duckling, 1962 (cast 1995). Ugly Duckling, Bronze, 10.5 x 12.5 x 11 inches. Flying Swan, 1962 (cast 1995). Bronze, 46 x 50 x 28 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Marshall Fredericks.