Monday, November 21, 2016

Famous Fictional Figures: Gertrude McFuzz - Springfield, MA

Gertrude McFuzz
Springfield, MA

N 42° 06.223 W 072° 35.133

Short Description: 

Gertrude McFuzz is an easily overlooked sculpture located at the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden at the Quadrangle, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA.

Long Description:

Sitting on the top south corner of the Storyteller sculpture, a ten foot exact replica of the cover of the Dr. Seuss classic children's story "Oh, The Places You'll Go" with the complete text on the page side, is the Dr. Seuss character Miss Gertrude McFuzz.

Gertrude McFuzz is a 4' tall bronze sculpture created by Lark Dimond-Cates and cast at the Art Research & Technology, foundry. It was installed as part of the Sr. Seuss Sculpture Garden in 2004.

Miss Gertrude McFuzz a fictitious character in: Dr. Seuss' book Miss Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories and in the Broadway musical Seussical. She is a awkward female birdlike creature who has a She has a single curl of hair on the top of her head and is embarrassed by the single feather on her tail. In the book she is trying to grow her tail and her uncle, Dr. Dake, advises her to special berries to make her tale grow. She eats the entire vine and grown a tail so big she loses mobility. She rescued when other birds pluck the feathers. Then she realizes she is not as ugly as she thinks.

The is musical Seussical she plays a leading role. After plucking her tail feathers she goes to rescue Horton the elephant and promises to help him care for the newly hatched elephant bird.

Character Type: Literature

Character originator: Theodor Seuss Geisel writing as Dr. Seuss

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