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Friday, April 5, 2013

Singing River Sculpture



Singing River Sculpture, Sheffield, Alabama

This is the first of four sculptures planned to be erected in each of the Quad Cities (Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals) of north west Alabama, otherwise known as The Shoals.  The sculptures commemorate the music heritage of the Shoals area.

The 18 foot tall aluminum sculpture was created by artist Audwin McGee, and does not depict any specific person or musical artist.

I learned that there is some controversy over the sculpture, specifically, the name "Singing River".  According to an article in the Times Daily newspaper, Singing River was the term used by Native Americans to describe the Tennessee River, due to the sound that was created when a breeze swept across the river's shoals.  From what I read, a lot of people feel the sculpture series being named Singer River is disrespectful to the Native Americans.







15 comments:

Bruce Clark said...

Nice shots Amy and an interesting backstory.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

so creative. fun! ( :

RamblingRound said...

A neat way to honor the music culture of the area.

Sandra said...

i would think the Native Americans would be honored they used the name. it is a great looking sculpture and beautiful photos. i really like your new header. that old church is so wonderful.

Brian King said...

Eighteen feet? Wow! Very cool sculpture!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Such a striking image! I really like the crop and angle in the first shot. Also, the gray cloud sort of mimics the sculpture color.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Very impressive looking- cool!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Love the shots! Such a neat sculpture. Too bad there's some controversy surrounding the name.

Annie said...

Sorry but I have to disagree with the dissenters. No disrespect to them but Singing River disrespectful to Native Americans???? With so much to truly protest in the world, we don't need to go around making things up.

Andy said...

Interesting project with attractive sculptures.

EG CameraGirl said...

Huge sculpture. How sad that some people feel the name is disrespectful. I doubt there was any disrespect intended.

Kerry Moody said...

I haven't heard of these sculptures. I'll check it out next time I'm over that way. I like your updated blog look!

Rose said...

I love the name...don't see how anyone sees disrespect in that.

Judy said...

Wow, that surprised me too about it being disrespectful. I think it's an awesome sculpture.

Carletta said...

Love the first shot Amy! Such an awesome shot!