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T XAS T ALENT 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. 24 DAVID ADICKES B 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