Ugly Duckling is based on the tale of the ugly duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. 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.