More Than Beautiful Art

“Musica” celebrates both the history and diversity of music making in Nashville. In Latin, musica means all the ‘arts of the muses’, therefore the sculpture, with its nine figures, represents creativity itself. Just as a great idea can appear seemingly out of nowhere, “Musica” explodes into view as one drives down the street. “Musica,” along with its fountain, is meant to give greater significance to its location as a source of autochthonous energy at the heart of Music Row in the Buddy Killen Circle.

Musica At Night, Photo by Dean Dixon

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Musica, The Sculpture

“Musica” features nine dancing figures in a circular composition roughly 40 feet tall. There are five figures which spring forth from the base in an over-all vase form. Four more rise up in the center floating above the others. Each figure is fourteen to fifteen feet, or more than twice life-size. The dancers and part of the base are cast in bronze. The other part of the base is composed of massive natural limestone boulders.

LeQuire writes, “Dance is the physical expression of music and the piece is intended to convey that feeling to the viewer in a composition which is simple, exuberant and celebratory. The theme of the sculpture is music, because of the historical and economic significance of the site. This is the heart of Music Row, the area and the artistic activity for which Nashville is best known. The sculpture conveys the importance of music to Nashville, past, present and future, and represents all forms of music without reference to any one form or style. It is meant to provide a visual icon for the area and for the city as a whole.”

“The theme is music, but the sculpture represents artistic creativity itself. An artistic idea often seems to miraculously and spontaneously burst forth. This is what happens in the sculpture, and the name “Musica” suggests this since it refers to all the ‘arts of the muses.'”

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Alan LeQuire, The Sculptor

Alan LeQuire is one of the nation’s premier sculptors. His works adorn the walls of institutions including Vanderbilt University and the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as private collections around the world.

His monumental works, “Musica,” the largest bronze figure group in the United States, and “Athena Parthenos,” the largest indoor statue in the western world, enrich the visual landscape of Nashville.

LeQuire’s “Athena,” at forty-two feet tall,  supports a life-sized figure of Nike in the palm of her left hand. The unveiling of this work in 1990 made LeQuire a celebrated and controversial figure throughout Tennessee and attracted favorable notice from classical scholars, archaeologists and art critics nationwide, with articles in Art News and the New York Times Magazine.

“Musica” presents nine bronze figures sixteen feet high, exploding into a circular dance in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. A modest and prolific artist,  LeQuire has been creating portraiture and beautiful and classically inspired sculpture since 1978.

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Photo credits:
Top Photos: Dean Dixon
Middle Right:
1& 2/11 Andrée LeQuire
3/11 Dean Dixon
4/11 Andrée LeQuire
5/11 Alan LeQuire
6/11 Andrée LeQuire
7-11/11 Dean Dixon
Bottom Right:
1&2/2 Dean Dixon
Video credit: Andrew Rozario

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