Buildings @ Oakland University


Saints and Sinners Fountain



Quick Facts


Marshal Frederick's "Saints and Sinners" sculptures caught the eye of Dr. Warren B. Cooksey, a member of Oakland University's President's Club in the 1970s. These imposing but intriguing figures include representations of good, evil, temptation, the knowledge of good and evil, a heavenly saint, a mother with her child, and a saintly warrior.

Cooksey appealed to the sculptor and the Joseph E. Gordon Foundation to be given the permission and means to add the "Saints and Sinners" to the campus.  Fredericks, in agreement with Cooksey's vision, graciously allowed the statues to be installed in an elliptical fountain setting in front of Kresge Library.

Though an initial viewing of the statues may indicate a religious or philosophical message, Fredericks indicates that his intent for the figures was simply to provide the viewer with a whimsical piece of art upon which to feast their eyes.  Whatever the sculptor's or viewer's impressions, the fountain and its figures have captured the collective imaginations of students for many decades, and remain one of the best-known examples of fine architecture on campus.


For more information

University Archives - Saints and Sinners exhibit

Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.