Miles Davis statue: public Rock Art #2

Jazz musician Miles Davis immortalised by statue in Nice, France

Miles Davis by Niki de Saint Phalle, Nice

After New York, Miles Davis is probably most closely associated with Paris and the French Riviera…

As you stroll along the glorious Promenade des Anglais in Nice, capital of the Riviera, you can’t help but notice a particularly delicious Belle Epoque building.

Hotel Negresco is the dominant landmark in a collection of architectural masterpieces. It’s about halfway between the ferry port and the airport; its signature pink dome is unmistakable from all parts of the Promenade.

Miles Davis statue

Just to the left the hotel entrance you see an unforgettable piece of public Rock Art: a statue of Miles Davis, the iconic jazz trumpeter who crossed over to the rock audience with masterpiece albums like Kind Of Blue and Bitches Brew.

Though the chubby figure doesn’t look much like the fighting-fit, lean trumpeter, the statue’s vibrancy and colour, together with the distinctive muted trumpet, successfully evoke the spirit of Miles Davis.

The statue is the work of renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle. You can see more of her evocative creations on the facade of le Palais de la Mediterranee, a short walk along the Promenade, to the east, and also in MAMAC, Nice’s impressive gallery of modern and contemporary art.

Nice is full of fine statues of statesmen and soldiers, from Garibaldi to General de Gaulle. How refreshing, then, that the dynamic city also honours its unique musical heritage with this striking, larger than-life-Miles Davis statue.

Rock Art in public places – murals and statues – is becoming ever more popular. And ROCK ART EDITIONS is keen to explore this exciting new artform.

If you come across a piece of public rock art like the Miles Davis statue in Nice, please consider ROCK ART EDITIONS – please send me a photograph with details (who/what, where, by whom…) for inclusion here.

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