The sculpture, created by local artist Audwin McGee, was unveiled recently to an applauding crowd at Love Plaza on Montgomery Avenue. The sculpture of a man singing into a microphone, with a guitar, is the first of several aluminum sculptures created to commemorate the Shoals musical heritage.
Additional sculptures will be placed in Muscle Shoals, Florence and Tuscumbia.
Dave Anderson, who along with Bill Matthews helped spearhead the project, joined Mayor Ian Sanford in removing the tarp.
"I want to say thanks to the people who created the Muscle Shoals sound," Anderson said. "They're the reason for this brand of music that is known worldwide."
The sculptures are meant to represent different genres of music that have existed during the Shoals' long, storied music history. They are not representative of a particular person.
Matthews said Wise Alloys donated the aluminum for the project.
Sanford said the aluminum was delivered to McGee, who formed the sculpture using his skill and imagination.
"You see how talented he is," Sanford said, pointing at the sculpture. "He's a true artist in every sense of the word."
Matthews said, in addition to the statues in the four cities, he envisions a "sculpture garden" of musicians that would stand at least 25 feet tall and overlook the "Singing River." That was the term Native Americans used to describe the Tennessee River in this area, due to the sound that was created when a breeze swept across the river's shoals.
He said the sculpture garden would cost about $450,000, and $75,000 already has been raised.
"It would overlook the Singing River and be visible from the other side of the river," Matthews said.