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Herb Alpert’s Spirit Totem Monuments at Dante Park, Lincoln Center

Herb Alpert Spirit Totems

Hey, remember back in January when I met music industry legend Herb Alpert? That was cool. In addition to his exhibit at ACA Galleries, Herb also has this public installation of three of his monumental, 16-foot Bronze Spirit Totem Statues installed at Dante Park, a triangular lot at the intersection of Broadway, Amsterdam and 65th Street, just in front of Lincoln Center.

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Hers a close up on one of the sculptures which I managed to crop most of the foot traffic out of.

Herb Alpert Spirit Totems Signage

Many passersby stopped to admire, pose with and photograph the sculptures, but I’d bet that most of them had no idea that Alpert is the talented artist behind this work, because the above identifying sign is mounted very high up on a pole, not really in the sight lines of a person just walking by on the street. Geoffrey and I just happened to recognize them as we walked to the 1 Train after checking out the Beatles Exhibit, because they looked just like the sculptures that we saw at his ACA Galleries exhibit earlier in the year.

The sculptures will be on display until April 15th, 2014.

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Herb Alpert: Totems & Deities at ACA Galleries

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All Photos By Gail

Do you like Herb Alpert? I sure do, My parents had his records with the Tijuana Brass playing all the time in our house, so I have loved his music since I was about five years old.  Just being serious.

But did you know that Herb also makes art? This I did not know this until Geoffrey and I stumbled upon one of his art shows that opened Thursday January 16th at ACA Galleries in Chelsea. The show is called Totems & Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita HuffingtonHuffington being a fellow artist who is a successful dancer.

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The exhibition features a large selection of Alpert’s abstract bronze sculptures, which (according to the exhibit’s Press Release) “can be compared to the freedom and spontaneity of his improvisational work as a jazz musician.” The fluidity and random free-form shapes of Herb’s gorgeous sculptures reminded me of the “Lost Wax” casting method that was a very popular technique in jewelry making back in the 70s.

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Alpert began working on the Spirit Totem series, as they are called, in 2000, originally taking inspiration from the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. In conjunction with this exhibition, three monumental 16’ bronze Spirit Totem sculptures will be on public view in Dante Park, New York City from January 25th through April 15, 2014.

Herb Alpert Small Totems

These sculptures shown in the photos above and below are in the range of 12-inches high and under.

Herb Alpert Small Totems

Herb and Gail at ACA Gallery
Me (still all bundled up from being out in the cold) with Herb

Herb was at present at the reception and it was fun to have the chance to meet such a music industry legend. He was very nice.

Sculptures by Herb Alpert, part of the exhibit Totems & Deities in conjunction with sculptress Anita Huffington, will be on Exhibit through March 1st, 2014 at ACA Galleries, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor, NYC.

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