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East Nashville Roundabout to feature LeQuire sculpture honoring journalists

Sculptor Alan LeQuire’s “Musica,” in the center of the Music Row Roundabout, has become one of Nashville’s most recognizable landmarks since its 2003 unveiling.

Sculptor Alan LeQuire’s “Musica,” in the center of the Music Row Roundabout, has become one of Nashville’s most recognizable landmarks since its 2003 unveiling.

The 40-foot-tall statue of nine nude figures is a celebration of the universal spirit of music, at least when it isn’t being protested by bluenoses or made the subject of alleged witticisms by the likes of radio’s Gerry House. In fact, the roundabout has been so successful—for both its traffic-calming and artistic merits—that LeQuire has agreed to begin work on a second sculpture, to be placed at the center of a new roundabout at East Nashville’s Five Points.

“It’s going to be called ‘Newsica,’ and it will celebrate the importance of freedom of expression in our country,” LeQuire says from the foundry in Wyoming where he is set to begin crafting the new sculpture.

LeQuire says “Newsica” will be a companion piece to “Musica” and will feature the nude figures of nine local journalists.

“I’d like a mix of men and women, broadcast and print, and ethnically diverse as well,” the sculptor says. “Right now my nominations for models include some who served here many years, like John Seigenthaler, Chris Clark and Bruce Dobie, and some who worked here and moved on to other things, like Ruth Ann Leach and Al Gore. And some contemporary people—maybe Gail Kerr, Demetria Kalodimos and Dwight Lewis.

“Somebody said the top figure should be Anne Holt with a microphone, kind of like the figure atop ‘Musica’ with the tambourine, but I don’t know yet,” LeQuire says. “I’m willing to hear other nominations.”

The subject of the featured models aside, not all East Nashvillians are taken with the idea.

“First of all, how can it be Five Points if a roundabout takes the points away?” complains one longtime Russell Street resident. “And second of all, if I have to look at a naked Bruce Dobie every time I go anywhere, I may have to move.”

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