Sun, September, 16, 2012 Posted by Administrator

Sheffield unveils its sculpture Sunday, Sept 23...Join us there!!

History will be made in Alabama on September 23, and the City of Sheffield invites you to join in this wonderful celebration. An 18-foot tall semi-abstract Singing River Sculpture honoring Sheffield's legendary music heritage will be unveiled at Love Plaza in downtown Sheffield at 2:00 PM on September 23. Local sculptor Audwin McGee designed and crafted this dramatic work of civic art out of recycled aluminum generously donated by Wise Alloys of Muscle Shoals.The city is immensely proud that Sheffield is the first of the four largest Shoals cities to unveil its tribute to the sound that transformed popular music world-wide in the 50's, 60's and 70's: the renowned Muscle Shoals sound. That legacy continues today with many new local bands forging their own unique sounds for new generations. In the coming years, similar sized Singing River Sculptures will arise in its sister cities, followed by a grouping of even larger music-related sculptures in a Sculpture Garden overlooking our Singing River, the Tennessee.Sheffield's Singing River Sculpture will quickly become an iconic image of the city, and a lasting reminder to visitors and its citizens of the creative juices that flowed from Sheffield to change popular music forever. The sculpture will be erected in the very heart of downtown, drawing people from everywhere and helping stimulate activities and businesses there. Sheffield envisions the sculpture as a wonderful gathering place for entertainment and an anchor for its efforts for a lively downtown entertainment district.So join the fine people of Sheffield for this event, in many ways signifying new life to this great and historic city. We hope to see you at Love Plaza on Sunday afternoon, September 23, 2012. Bring your family and friends.

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Sun, August, 12, 2012 Posted by Administrator

Sheffield unveiling date to be announced soon

You may remember that Sheffield was the first city to raise all the funds needed to commission its sculpture. The sculptor, Audwin McGee, is expected to deliver his memorable design to the city in the near future. The location in the very heart of the city, on Love Plaza, will help attract visitors and citizens alike to downtown and stimulate the city's long-time efforts to create a region-wide hub for music entertainment.Check back here regularly for the announcement of the date and time for the unveiling.

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Sun, August, 12, 2012 Posted by Administrator

95% funded for Phase I (The city sculptures) !

It's long past time for an update. But here it is and it marks an important milestone: We've raised 95% of the funds and financial support needed to complete ALL the four city sculptures. And that 95% represents funds to commission a sculptor and pay his/her design and sculpting fees, for the sculpture material itself (all provided by Wise Alloys), the all the necessary site work, from landscaping to foundation work to lighting and signage. All the site work is being generously contributed by the city's themselves.. They will own and permanently maintain their sculpture. Sheffield, Florence and Muscle Shoals have raised on their funds, and Tuscumbia is not much more than a gnat's hair from completing its goal. If you or your business have a Tuscumbia connection, they certainly will appreciate your thoughtful donation. Just contact Mayor Bill Shoemaker.

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Tue, January, 3, 2012 Posted by Administrator

Mussleman siblings honor parents--Jean Gay and David on 60th anniversary!!

What a fitting tribute for two wonderful citizens of the Shoals! The children of Jean Gay and Dr. David Mussleman have honored their parents on their 60th wedding anniversary with a prominent spot on the donor panel for the Florence sculpture. Jean Gay, a former city councilwoman, and David, one of the visionaries behind the W.C Handy Festival, are two of the Shoals' most accomplished, respected and civic minded citizens. Their children came together in honoring their remarkable parents with a donation of $1,000 and a place in perpetuity--acknowledgement on the plaque for the forthcoming Florence Singing River Sculpture. In talking with Lindsey Mussleman Davis, she thought it was a most appropriate way to celebrate her parents' special 60th wedding anniversary and her siblings obviously agreed. Thanks to the entire family!

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Thu, December, 15, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Tuscumbia ladies charged up about the city's future sculpture

Sometimes it just takes a small group to make a big difference. That's what is happening in Tuscumbia. Four ladies with a commitment to their hometown and to the city's proposed Singing River Sculpture are helping raise awareness about this incredible music heritage project. Nan Gardiner, Ninon Parker, Whitney Gamble and Janie Beck have volunteered to help Tuscumbia move forward with city's sculpture. If you hear from them be sure to tell them how you can help. Or better yet, give one of them a call and let them know you want to be a part of this monumental project. Our thanks to the four fine ladies of Tuscumbia.

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Tue, December, 6, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Muscle Shoals signs sculpture commissioning agreement with Audwin McGee

The City of Muscle Shoals signed its commissioning agreement with sculptor Audwin McGee last night with the city's council members present. Congratulations to the city, and especially to Mayor David Bradford, for being the second of our four cities to reach its $25,000 goal and move forward with the sculpture project to honor the city's renowned music artisans. After all, Muscle Shoals is the namesake city for the world-rockin' Muscle Shoals sound! Current plans are a site on Avalon Ave. between the library and the high school for the 18-20 ft tall musician-inspired sculpture. That location helps identify a true focal point, a true center for the city. It will become a dramatic landmark for Muscle Shoals.

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Thu, December, 1, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Trademarks for Singing River Sculptures and Singing River Symphony

We thought some of you may be interested in what we are doing to guard the good name of the Singing River Sculptures (tm). As the sculptures begin to change the landscape of the Shoals(as noted by No'Ala Magazine), maintaining the integrity of the concept and, in fact, the sculptures themselves, is essential. So with the generous contribution of intellectual property attorney, Sean Collin, who donated his legal services, the Shoals community now has the name and concept protected with a trademark. An associated music heritage project is now in its planning and early development stages. It's the Singing River Symphony The musical eras and influences represented in the Singing River Sculptures (such as Native American, blues, southern gospel, etc.) will also be featured and heard in the several movements of the Singing River Symphony (tm), a folk symphony honoring our music in yet another artistic form. Thanks again to Sean Collin for his generous contribution of legal fees. Sean and his family continue to be great supporters of these Muscle Shoals music heritage projects. A third related music heritage project is also in early stages of development with a nationally-prominent musicologist under contract for some early research, and that's the creation of a live music drama showcasing the music that shook the popular music scene in the '60s and '70s, worldwide. But that's a story for another website at another time, not this one about the sculptures.

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Thu, December, 1, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Helen Keller Study Club invests $1,000 in Tuscumbia sculpture

The members of the Helen Keller Study Club unanimously (we hear) voted to invest $1,000 in the Tuscumbia sculpture! They are obviously excited about seeing the music heritage-inspired sculpture rise in the air at a high profile location in their city. As a result their club's name will be prominently noted on the donor plaque near the base of the sculpture for future generations to see. And it's certainly good evidence that a small club with truly dedicated members can make a pronounced difference in their community. Of course this is just one of their many civic contributions. Thanks again, from the people of Tuscumbia and the entire Shoals.

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Wed, October, 12, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Muscle Shoals hits the goal!

Thanks to First Metro Bank and its generous investment, the City of Muscle Shoals has reached its goal of $25,000 for its Singing River Sculpture. We volunteers can't thank Mayor David Bradford enough for his spearheading the city's efforts that led to our music's namesake city hitting its goal. We expect Muscle Shoals to be the second city to raise high into the air a statuary tribute to our illustrious heritage. Current plans are for a location right smack dab in the middle of town, on Avalon. We can visualize that breathtaking sculpture helping to create a true, identifiable heart to the city. No timetable has yet been set for erection, but check back here from time to time and we'll keep you up to date.

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Fri, September, 23, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Florence ELKS Club invests $1,000 in city's sculpture

When the Florence Singing River Sculpture rises 20 feet above the ground in the city, the donor plaque will proudly recognize the Florence Elks Club for its contribution. Thanks to the club's membership for its support of the city's and region's music heritage.

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