ALTON — The Miles Davis Memorial Project is nearing completion, thanks to generous support from the community through donations and the purchase of memorial bricks and granite blocks.
“Work will begin on the site as soon as the winter weather breaks,” project organizer Pat Ackman said.
In early spring, the project will begin to take shape in the form of a music staff, with the sculpture standing on a music note. The site design was created by architect Barry Moyer and graphic designer Mick Monahan of Brick Street Creative in Alton. Memorial bricks and blocks will be used to create their design. MDMP committee member Bill Moyer is the site manager. Sculptor Preston Jackson continues to complete the design of the statue. The MDMP committee has scheduled a trip in late February to Preston Jackson’s art studio for the final approval of the clay piece prior to sending it to the foundry for casting in bronze.
“If you haven’t purchased a memorial brick or block, now is the time to do so,” Ackman said. “We don’t want anyone to miss this opportunity.”
The deadline to order is March 1.
“We are seeing some really creative designs on the granite blocks,” Ackman said.
Over the past two years, the Riverbend community has shown its recognition of Davis through its support of the MDMP and by voting, in the recent election, to name the West Third Street fountains The Miles Davis Memorial Fountains. In addition, Dark Horse Art Works is showcasing an original painting of Miles Davis, created by Sharon Hopper, at Alton Square Mall. The musical legacy and the historic connection of Miles Davis to this community will forever be recognized soon.
“This is not only an exciting time for the project and the city of Alton but also for the music and arts community worldwide,” area musician and committee member Pete Basola said.
“We are still fundraising to insure the project’s completion,” Ackman said. “Stay tuned for the announcement of an unveiling date.”
For project information or to order a memorial brick or 12-by-12-inch granite block call Pride Inc. at (618) 467-2375 or order online at www.prideincorporated.org, then click on Miles Davis. Brick/block order forms can also be picked up at the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau at 200 Piasa St., Alton.