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Carl Milles' Orpheus Fountain, Cranbrook Art Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan deedsphotos

Updated on January 25, 2012

Milles at Cranbrook

Swedish sculptor Carl Milles was brought to Cranbrook by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen as director of sculpture in 1931 where he remained until 1952. Saarinen designed the Cranbrook buildings and Milles decorated the grounds with his sculpture.

The Orpheus Fountain is, in my opinion, Milles' masterpiece. It is one of the most beautiful sculptures I've seen, rivaling even Rodin's best.


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Ralph, I am so glad to see these photos. I think you may be right, it is very incredible art in a fountain form. The sculptures are truly amazing, beautiful. One can feel the intensity and feeling coming from his art. The only Mille's that I have seen that I am aware of, is at the St. Louis Botanical Garden. Truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      redflower345 11 years ago

      I think there is not a doubt: Miles Rocks over Rodin. Whenever I look at a Rodin Sculpture, I think gloppy. When I look at a Milles scultpure, I think of man striving to be the best s/he can be.