Sunday, May 20, 2012

Alton announces plans
for statue of Miles Davis

The city of Alton, Illinois has announced plans to build a statue honoring jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, who was born there in 1926. Alton mayor Tom Hoechst made the announcement at yesterday's Miles Davis Jazz Festival, held at Lewis and Clark Community College in nearby Godfrey, IL.

The life-sized statue of Davis would be placed on Third Street in downtown Alton. Organizations involved in the project include the Alton Museum of History and Art and the Miles Davis Jazz Committee, co-producers of the annual festival honoring Davis; Pride Inc., a local, non-profit organization dedicated to community beautification; and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.

According to this article by the Alton Telegraph's Kathie Bennett, there's no budget yet for the statue nor a timetable for its completion. "The committee has approached one artist and is looking for others to submit sketches before commissioning the piece," the article says. The initial concept for the statue is to mirror Davis' pose in the famous photo (pictured) used in the design of the soon-to-be-released commemorative stamp honoring him.

Possible fund-raising ideas mentioned include "selling bricks and encouraging elementary students to collect pennies." Anyone who wises to make a donation can contact the Alton Museum of History and Art at 618-462-2763.


Unknown said...

I think it's great to honor Miles Davis I hope you will reach out to artist Ed Dwight he has a statue of Miles Davis in his collection and he would be a excellent canidate. His website is

Sherry Bailey

Dean Minderman said...

Thanks for commenting, Sherry. I don't know if anyone from the Alton Museum or the other organizations involved in this project actually reads this site, so you might want to contact them directly with your suggestion.