Spirit of Detroit undergoes routine maintenance

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
The Spirit of Detroit statue.

The Spirit of Detroit, the Marshall Fredericks-created monument that sits outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, is in the midst of a round of routine, annual maintenance Tuesday.

The work actually started Monday morning and is expected to wrap either later Tuesday or sometime Wednesday. When The News walked by Tuesday morning, two workers were touching up the iconic statue, which is in its 60th year outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. 

Gregg McDuffee, executive director of the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority, said Tuesday that the touch-up of the sculpture's green patina takes place annually. About $5,000 is budgeted for that work and the costs often fall a few hundred dollars short of that.

The work would've been done last week, but for the up-and-down weather. 

The gold figures that appear in the monument, a family in one hand, and an orb in the other, are also being touched up.

"They've held up very well since the 2008 restoration" and are being touched up for the first time since, McDuffee said. 

That part of the work costs another $2,500. The work is being done by Venus Bronze Works.

The monument was installed in 1958. On Saturday evening, a reception honoring the 60th anniversary of its placement will be held across the street at the One Woodward building.

Check out this video on the history of the Spirit of Detroit: