Reeds and Horn, watercolor. via Aspire Auctions
Award-winning American industrial designer, sculptor and artist, Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) has been called America's DaVinci due to his far-reaching and prolific career. Viktor's creativity was encouraged at a young age by his father who would bring home material from the ceramics factory where he worked, asking Viktor and his siblings to compete in weekly sculpture contests. He graduated from the Cleveland School of the Arts (Cleveland Institute of Art) in 1929 and went on to teach industrial design at the school for over 50 years. Some of his most notable students became top designers at Ford Motors and Fisher-Price.
Housing Development, c. 1954, watercolor. via Heritage Auctions
Still Life of Bottles, watercolor. via Heritage Auctions
Cityscape. via Cityzenart
Moroccan Lute, 1934. via Cleveland Arts Foundation
Pottery and Light, 1947. via Aspire Auctions
In 1955-56 Shreckengost sculpted two massive ceramic relief murals, Mastadon and Mammoth for the exterior walls of the Cleveland Zoo's Pachyderm Building. The pieces were removed in 2008 to be reinstalled near the zoo's entrance. The sculptures were created from 32 tons of terra cotta and measure 25' long, with one measuring 12' tall and the other 13.5' tall.
Viktor working on the Mastadon in 1956. Image via Cleveland Memory
The Mastadon before its removal in 2008. Image via
Schreckengost carving the Mammoth mural in 1956. Image: Cleveland Press
Mammoth on exterior of the Pachyderm Building before removal. via
Schreckengost created this award winning terra cotta relief mural inspired by Johnny Appleseed, titled Early Settler for Lakewood High School's Civic Auditorium in 1954.
Early Settler relief mural. Via Cityzenart
Viktor designed so many objects in his career that virtually everyone has come into contact with one of his items during their lifetime; my most favorable being the pedal-cars and bicycles he designed for Murray-Ohio.
Viktor carving clay model of a pedal car for Murray-Ohio, 1948. via Cleveland Memory
Pursuit pedal car for Murray, c. 1940's. via Heritage Auctions
JC Higgins bicycle. via American Craft Council
Viktor on JC Higgins Colorflow model, 1950. via
I loved the Eliminators series that Schreckengost designed for Murray. For more images click here
Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008). Photo: Martin Linsey