Alpert’s sculptures can now be viewed in the heart of Dante Park, situated on West 64th Street and Broadway..
Herb Alpert Legendary musician /Getty and great artist
Herb Alpert Legendary musician and no mean amateur sculptor has unveiled his largest and most grandiose creations to date, three giant totem sculptures, which Alpert has named “Spirit Totems”, inspired by the totem poles created by Native Indians that have been the focus of visitor attractions across the Pacific Northwest of North America for decades.
Alpert’s tribute to Native Americans and their culture comes in the form of three impressive totem pole inspired sculptures- “Grace, ” “Freedom, ” and “Gratitude, ” which is the tallest of the three coming in at just over 17 feet tall.
“Grace, ” “Freedom, ” and “Gratitude, ” have all been sculptured in bronze, and finished in black. Together they represent more than thirteen years effort on the part of Alpert.
The sculptures recently went on display at Dante Park, situated adjacent to Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, and are due to remain there until mid April.
Herb Alpert – Totem – Opening reception , Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills
Herb Alpert was born in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1952, Alpert enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his release, Alpert first tried his hand at acting, but eventually deciding on a career in the music industry.
Alpert’s first steps in the music industry were in 1957, as a songwriter for a now defunct record label, Keen Records. During the two years he was with Keen Records Herb was co-writer of a number of successful chart hits, with his best known being “Wonderful World” performed by the late Sam Cooke.
Herb left Keen Records in 1960, to begin his recording career as a vocalist at RCA Records, gradually taking on the stage name of Herb Alpert and forming his own band, which grew to become Herb Alpert and the Tijuana brass
Alpert and wife Lani Hall are substantial philanthropists through the operation of the Herb Alpert Foundation.
Alpert is an eight-time Grammy Award winner and has sold more than 75 million records.