Miles Davis Statue Plans Moving Forward

Back in May we noted that the city of Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis’ hometown, had begun the process of honoring the jazz legend with a life-sized statue in the heart of Downtown’s entertainment district.

Pride, Inc. has taken the lead in getting the Miles statue project moving, and, according to Pride board member Patricia Ackman, they have already decided what the statue will look like.

Alton Daily News.com features an audio link to the interview with Ackman about the statue, which is going to resemble the image utilized for the recently released postage stamp.

“It just is Miles Davis,” says Ackman of the image that will be used for the statue.

Writing for the St. Louis Beacon, Paul Povse has posted a good update on Alton’s plans to commemorate the jazz icon with a statue.

Optimistic estimates put the cost of the statue at $50,000 to $100,000, with a two-three year timetable, But Brett Stawar, president of the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, believes it could cost $200,000 and take up to five years to raise the money and finish the sculpture.

Davis was born in Alton in 1926. He lived there until only age 2 when his family moved to East St. Louis.

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