ACGT Announces Art Tatum Dedication

Posted Aug 26th, 2009 by Adam Russell  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Toledo, OH – The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo announces that a dedication ceremony for the “Art Tatum Celebration Column”, a memorial to the Toledo native and jazz icon. The Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday September 11th at 12:00 pm (noon) in front of the sculpture at the north entry to the Lucas County Multipurpose Arena, on the corner of Madison and Superior, Downtown Toledo.

In September of 2009 the Art Tatum Celebration Column, a glowing twenty-seven foot tower of eighty-eight piano keys, will welcome the public into the Superior St. pedestrian plaza of the new Lucas County Multipurpose Arena in historic Downtown Toledo. The memorial to Art Tatum, created by San Francisco artist and jazz enthusiast Cork Marcheschi, consists of black and white stainless steel, three foot square boxes, separated by sheets of plate glass back lit with smoky blue LED lighting. The spiraled tower will become an elegant jazz beacon reminding the Toledo community and visitors of the legacy of its musical culture by honoring its native, Art Tatum. The sculpture also includes three wall mounted and backlit dichroic glass panels inscribed with Art Tatum’s biography, his image with a list of his greatest songs, and a panel for recognition of major donors who have made the memorial possible. These panels colorfully call jazz lovers of every generation to read, admire and learn about Tatum as they stand in the arborous landscape of Toledo’s most prominent entertainment venue.

“…the column creates movement, dynamism, and a bending of reality, this I feel is an excellent metaphor for what Art Tatum did to the keyboard.”
-Cork Marcheschi, Artist

“I never learned to read music because I studied with Art Tatum. He taught me to cultivate listening as he played and to interpret it instantly by singing. If you can hear it, you can sing it and if you can sing it you can play it. I stopped at the singing. It is called Vocalese.”
– Jon Hendricks

What: The Art Tatum Celebration Column Dedication Ceremony

When: Friday September 11 at 12:00pm (noon)

Where: Lucas County Multipurpose Arena, North Entrance Plaza.
Madison and Superior, Downtown Toledo

For more information contact Adam Russell, Public Art Coordinator at the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, 419.254. 2787 or visit

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Fulton, Lucas and Wood counties since 1959.

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