The Jazz Band

A proposal for a larger than life-size public art sculpture of a lively jazz band.

michael binkley sculptor sculpture original fine art gallery vancouver canada granite jazz band

michael binkley sculptor sculpture original fine art gallery vancouver canada granite jazz band

Colleague, George Pratt and sculptor Michael Binkley proposed a large scale sculpture of a jazz band as a public art solution for a Vancouver developer in 1989. It was to celebrate the many festivals in Vancouver as jazz cuts across a large demographic. Pratt created the piano and piano player and Binkley created the other musicians. The developer agreed to commission the two Canadian artists to produce the sculpture for one of its projects.

Unfortunately, in 1990, the politics of the City of Vancouver negated and cancelled their contract. See the story here.

So Pratt and Binkley are still looking for a home for their sculpture idea. It would be a wonderful addition to any public space and would generate a lot of public interest. Can you imagine people having their photo taken sitting on top of the piano, next to the singer? The first photo is the maquette, or model the artists carved from limestone. The second image is a proposed mock-up for the plaza at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, showing the scale and what the sculpture would look like in granite.

If you are interested in discussing the project with us, please contact us. We would be delighted to speak with you!

Michael Binkley