Over the years, Mrs. Coretta Scott King recognized many famous world citizens with specially created Fräbel sculptures. In the picture on the left, you see Mrs. King awarding a specially created Fräbel Sculpture, the Phoenix award, to Nelson Mandela, to recognize him for his contributions in South African politics.
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.
Michael Douglas is awarded a Fräbel glass sculpture for the Savannah Film Festival. Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers.
In a special tribute, SCAD President Paula S. Wallace presented Douglas and the Redgrave siblings with the award recognizing their thespian accomplishments.
Hans Godo Fräbel came to the US from West Germany in 1965 and founded the Fräbel Studio in 1968. His glass art is internationally known and collected by thousands around the world including museums, presidents, royalty, celebrities and art collectors. I became acquainted with Hans Godo Fräbel and the Fräbel Glass Studio in Atlanta back in about 2007 during an exhibit of their wonderful work in the Fuqua Conservatory at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. See http://www.frabel.com/news/winter-display-atlanta-botanical-garden. After learning more about the conservation work that the Garden was doing with orchids and amphibians, the Fräbel team set out to render fantastic, life-size and styled works of some of the endangered frog and orchid species in the collections at the Garden. These were featured in a special exhibit in the Fuqua Conservatory and as their popularity grew, they were made available for purchase with the proceeds going directly into conservation. The program was highly successful and thus, quite helpful to the efforts. The Garden is forever grateful to Fräbel's president Kevin op de Ehze for his efforts; without him this collaboration would not have happened. When the idea to honor His Royal Highness Prince Charles with the naming of a magnificent species of frog from Ecuador surfaced, the thought of a Fräbel Glass Sculpture was next on our minds to make this potential event even more special. After a great deal of creative work in the studio, the Fräbel team produced a stunningly beautiful version of Hvyloscirtus Princecharlesi or the Prince Charles Stream Tree Frog which was presented to His Royal Highness on July 5.
Fräbel Studio made a special appearance on HGTV's, Deserving Design hosted by Vern Yip. The episode that aired on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 9:00pm, focused on the redecorating and design of ΔΑΧ's Sorority House on the Georgia Tech campus. Four of the sorority sisters were selected to visit and tour Fräbel Studio, to view the Artist at work and to receive a special treat. Since the four sorority sisters were being recognized for their good deeds and charity to the community, Vern Yip surprised the ladies with their very own Fräbel Dragonfly (which is the ΔΑΧ's motif) to place in their newly decorated sorority house.
On January 30th, 2008, Hans Fräbel with several of Fräbel Associates attended the 2008 Jefferson Jackson Dinner, presented by the Democratic Party of Georgia hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center. Two custom designed Fräbel awards were presented to Congressman John Lewis and the Honorable Max Cleland. After the democratic ceremony and award presentation, Senator Hillary Clinton lead her campaign by speech and was afterwards privately presented with her very own Fräbel one-of-a-kind sculpture. The sculpture depicts two abstract hands holding a cobalt blue sphere entitled, "Hope".
On April 21, 2006, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain turns 80 and she celebrated her official birthday on June 17, 2006. She has been the Queen of Great Britain since 1952.
When visiting the US in Tampa Florida, she was presented by the City of Tampa with an original Fräbel glass sculpture, created by Hans Fräbel. Queen Elizabeth was so thrilled with Fräbel's glass rendering of a palmtree, that she was overheard saying it would receive a special place on her yacht.
When Gerald Ford was in office, he was presented with a unique Fräbel glass sculpture. Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, Mack Mattingly commissioned Hans Fräbel to create the GOP symbol - the elephant - for President Gerald Ford in glass. The glass elephant represents the strength and dignity inherent of the GOP mascot. President Ford was so thrilled to accept his party's mascot created by Fräbel that he wrote a letter expressing his gratitude for this wonderful gift. President Ford was known for his integrity and willingness to listen to solve problems affecting his country and his people. He settled the country after the upheaval of Nixon's resignation and focused on healing the troubles afflicting the land.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Frabel Studio have worked closely together for many years. Although Coretta Scott King has passed on, her legacy will continue in the form of the King Center she founded to honor the work and the legacy of her late husband. Mrs. King was a courageous and active woman, who, following in the footsteps of her husband, became a great civil rights leader.
In the picture on the left, she receives a one-of-a-kind Frabel piece, titled “Freedom”, created by Hans Godo Frabel in 1989, which was put on permanent display in the King Center in Atlanta.
On December 21, 2005, Elton John married his long time partner David Furnish. The couple celebrated Britain’s first celebrity gay wedding in what was the star’s most understated display since he stopped calling himself Reg Dwight.
On the picture at the left, you see Elton John receiving an Abstract Piano created by Hans Godo Frabel.