The Miles Davis Memorial Committee will unveil a sculpture of world-renowned jazz musician, Miles Davis, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on West Third Street in downtown Alton. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m.
For two years, the Miles Davis Memorial Project has garnered support from the community through several fundraisers and awareness projects.
Plans are under way for an unveiling on West Third Street sometime next year. The sculptor, Preston Jackson, has begun work on the life-size bronze statue and site work is being scheduled.
“I am really enjoying this wonderful opportunity,” Jackson, who teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said. “A cousin of mine from the area actually contacted me about this project. I teach sculpture and I also play jazz guitar, so this seemed like a great fit.”
Four- by 8-inch memorial bricks are for sale for $75 each and 12- by 12-inch granite blocks are $400. Brick and block purchases are tax-deductible. Various sponsorship levels also are available, ranging from $500 to $5,000.
“We are nearing our financial goal but still need your help,” project co-chair Patricia Ackman said. “Now is the time to purchase a brick or block for your holiday giving; they make great and lasting gifts.”
A deadline of March 1, 2015, has been set for purchasing bricks or blocks, and holiday gift orders include a custom-designed card for the recipient. After Dec. 19, recipient cards will need to be picked up at the office of Pride Inc.
The holiday brick/block order brochures are available to pick up at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at 200 Piasa St., Alton; Alton Museum of History and Art at 2809 College Ave., Alton; Karen Wilson’s State Farm office at 225 Tolle Lane, Godfrey; Liberty Bank branches and Carrollton Bank at 120 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton.
Miles Dewey Davis III was born in Alton in 1926 and became one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. This will be the first statue of Davis in the United States.
For information, call (618) 467-2375 or visit the website at www.prideincorporated.org and click “Miles Davis.”