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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

Tuscumbia's sculpture status

For some time now, sufficient funds have been available to commission an 18 ft tall sculpture in Tuscumbia. A location has not been determined but a site near the center of the city, near the intersection of 6th and Main would help draw people into the heart of the city, benefiting the businesses there. With the city's Indian heritage some people have suggested a sculpture depicting an Indian playing authentically styled instruments used in this region.

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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

Florence's Singing River Sculpture: Status

All the funds needed to commission the Florence sculpture have been raised and are in the city's hands. No formal decision has been made on the site location but the original and long term vision is a location with high visibility and close to the center of activity. With Florence's heritage so closely tied to the blues, a blues musician would be fitting image and tribute but no decision has been made.

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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

Muscle Shoals sculpture unveiled in downtown on Nov 7, 2014

The second of four planned "city" sculptures was unveiled Nov 7 on Avalon Avenue on a site next to the library. Designed and sculpted by the same artist responsible for Sheffield's sculpture, Audwin McGee, the sculpture depicts a bass player sitting on a session stool. The recycled aluminum was supplied entirely by Wise Alloys as an investment in the cultural life of our region. It is well-lighted at night, so be sure to visit it when lights cast their glow on the bright aluminum as well as during the day. By the way, we call it a city sculpture to distinguish from the sculptures planned for the sculpture garden in Veterans Park.

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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

How realistic is the Sculpture Garden project?

It might seem a pipe dream. But do you know that almost 20% of the funds needed to commission the 7 sculptures is already in the bank? We've budgeted $50,000 as the commissioning fee for each of the 7 sculptures. That's just $350,000. I say, "just" advisably. There are numerous community non-profit projects underway in the Shoals with much, much higher fund-raising goals. And here's one important consideration--this is a one-time fund-raising effort. When the sculpture garden sculptures and some minor associated costs are paid for, the fund-raising is over. Over. If we talk with you about supporting the garden financially, we won't need to go back to you again and again. And please remember: The sculptures will rise in the air above the Shoals forever! And that's a long, long time. Please help any way you can.

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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

What will the sculpture garden look like?

Let's take a brief walk, starting a few hundred yards from the point down on the waterfront in Veterans Park. On about 1.5 acres of the 83 acre city-managed park, 7 truly dramatic sculpture will rise from the ground to about 25 or 30 feet in the air. Immediately behind them is Wilson Lake/Tennessee River. They will appear as 7 musicians of a Muscle Shoals inspired musical group in a performance pose. Looking at them, you can almost see and here them play. Bear in mind that 25 feet is really tall! The Sheffield sculpture is about 18 feet on top of a 3 foot foundation. But before you get to the group of sculptures down at water's edge, you will come to a pleasant walkway bordered by sizable historical markers and donor plaques. The hundreds of donors who invested in this community effort will be honored. But there is also a story to be told. Visitors to the garden, many from around the world, will read brief stories about our musical history. QR codes embedded in some of the historic panels will let you view short videos, hear personal stories from some of the actual musicians, and see historic photos. We almost guarantee you will never have out of town visitors that you do not take to the garden site and watch their expressions of awe. We want you to be a part of this community wide project. Check the donor information section of this website.

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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

What is a sculpture garden and what is the theme?

A sculpture garden is a cluster or grouping of several sculptures in one location. Some gardens host sculptures with different themes, sort of a potpourri of sculpture images. The Singing River Sculpture Garden though has two dramatic, and we think, powerful themes. It's a masterful collection of music-inspired sculptures. Not just any music--but the incredible heritage we have here in the Shoals of what has become the Muscle Shoals sound. So we are honoring the supremely talented people who made the Shoals the "Hit Recording Capital of the World." And secondly we are honoring the aluminum industry, now represented by Wise Alloys, that has been the mainstay of our economy for decades.

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Fri, November, 21, 2014 Posted by Administrator

Moving on to Phase II--The Sculpture Garden

You may know that the Singing River Sculpture (tm) project has 2 phases, believe it or not, called Phase I and Phase II. Phase I is an 18 ft sculpture in each of our four largest cities. We now have two of them gracing the centers of Sheffield and Florence. The other two cities have raised the commissioning fees for their sculptures. There are really no hold ups there; but it is up to the cities to move forward.We are now using this website primarily to tell you about Phase II, a civic art project that is just short of mind-boggling. In the near future, with the help of the entire Shoals community, we will have 7 monumentally-scaled sculptures arranged as a musical group and sited at water's edge in Veterans Park. These sculptures will arguably be the finest collection of high quality civic art in the entire South. However from time to time we will update you on the progress Florence and Tuscumbia are making toward their 18-ft tall sculptures.See below for more stories about our Singing River Sculpture Garden. Stay tuned!

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Thu, October, 9, 2014 Posted by Administrator

Sculpture Garden overview: What is it?

Phase II of the Singing River Sculptures project is a sculpture “garden” with a grouping of 7 sculptures, each 25 to 30 feet tall and honoring our legendary music heritage.
    •..........The Garden is the final component and the capstone for the major sculpture project now underway in each of our four major cities of the Shoals. (Sheffield’s 18-ft-sculpture was unveiled in 2012; Muscle Shoals’ sculpture is now being sculpted and funds have been raised for sculptures in Florence and Tuscumbia)[list]•..........The proposed site is the small point of land jutting into the river adjacent to Wilson Dam.[list]•..........This site affords ample space and the topography desirable for viewing and circulating among the sculptures, and for other uses such as music and other cultural events. [list]•..........It is clearly visible from the elevated portion of Wilson Dam, from the Blockhouse end of the dam and from the TVA observation site on the south bank.[list]•..........The sculptures in the Garden will become the property of the City of Florence. This gift to the people of Florence and the Shoals of upwards of $435,000 will represent donations from scores of citizens, businesses and industries. [list]•..........The community volunteers who helped to raise funds for the four city sculptures are committed to completing fund-raising for the Garden. The Tennessee Valley Art Association is a partner in this project along with Wise Alloys, which is providing all the recycled aluminum. [list]•..........Each sculpture will represent one of the various musical influences that formed our musical heritage and gave birth of the world-renowned Muscle Shoals sound.
    •..........The Garden will become the dramatic visual image of our music heritage and an eminently memorable landmark for the State of Alabama.
    •..........The Garden will complement and add to the appeal of any tourism/recreation/cultural installations and other events in the park.
[list]•..........The Veterans’ Park location places the Garden at the center of the Shoals area tourism, adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, Spa and Conference Center and the still developing River Heritage Park.

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Thu, October, 9, 2014 Posted by Administrator

Sculpture Garden Donations

It's been a while since we've posted anything, but we thought we should update everyone on what is going on with Singing River Sculptures. We've moved forward with the second phase of the project and are now focusing on the Sculpture Garden that will be located in Veterans Park in Florence. If you didn't know, the Sculpture Garden is going to be dedicated to the entire Shoals area and will feature 7 aluminum sculptures 25-30 feet tall. We are now accepting donations toward our $435,000 budget for this project. If you would like to donate please contact David Anderson at deand420@aol.com, Bill Matthews at BillinFlorence@aol.com, or Mary Settle Cooney at marysettle.tvaa@comcast.net.

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Mon, October, 22, 2012 Posted by Administrator

Pictures, pictures, pictures of the Sheffield sculpture--Where are they?

Sorry for the lack of pictures of the newly erected Sheffield sculpture. Until we can get some up here for you, just click on the Facebook link under the Navigation heading on the right and you'll find some showing the unveiling. Check back here from time to time and we'll have some great images for you!

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