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H Huntsville residents know
David Adickes as the creator of
“Big Sam,” the 67-foot statue of
Sam Houston on I-45. But the
art community knows him as
a wide-ranging artist whose
career has spanned more
than six decades. His work
is seen in museums, galleries,
and in other public places
across the country. Closer to
home, more than 300 pieces
hang in the David Adickes
Foundation on the corner of
Sam Houston Avenue and
8 th Street, a hidden jewel in
the heart of Huntsville. Mike
Yawn visited Adickes at his
foundation to discuss his
career and his future.
By Mike Yawn
Photos by Lisa Saleme
Tell us about your early work.
Well, you seem to have an interest in art in all its
Well, you can see it here [gestures to the works form—paintings, literature, and I recently saw
a YouTube clip of you playing “Stardust” on the
on the walls].
clarinet, so we’d need to add music to that list, too.
Your earliest pieces here are from the late 1940s?
I played that on my birthday recently, but I
Yes. didn’t know it was on YouTube. But “Stardust”
That would have been about the time you worked was the song when I was growing up. That and “In
under Fernand Leger, the famous French painter? the Mood.” In fact, one of the reasons I wanted to
save this building, this old high school, is because
Yes, but I mostly learned from the other students
I learned to Jitterbug in that room over there
and the city of Paris. In some ways, Paris was my
[motioning to the old gym] in 1943. It’s a historic
instructor. We learned the things we discussed in
site for me! You can’t destroy a building in which
the cafes, topics such as Kafka and James Joyce.
you learned to Jitterbug.
Postcards Magazine: Montgomery County Edition | December 2013