Thursday, July 5, 2018

Photo of the Day: Pete Seeger Statue, Puffin Foundation, Teaneck NJ

In early May, a statue of folksinger Pete Seeger was unveiled at the Puffin Foundation in Teaneck, NJ. It took me several weeks, but I finally had a chance over a week ago to get out there and snap this photo. 

Seeger (1919-2014) inspired such later musicians as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Byrds and Bruce Springsteen (who paid tribute to him, in no uncertain terms, with his 2006 collection of traditional songs, The Seeger Sessions). But he also contributed to the civil-rights, anti-war and environmental movements.

The bronze image by sculptor Gary Sussman depicts the folksinger-activist seated and smiling, with a banjo at his feet. You half-expect the image to lead those around him in a sing-along, maybe one of his songs, like "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "Turn Turn Turn," or "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy."  . If he did, it would most likely be in the service of a cause, in the form of carved protest figures holding signs: "End Jim Crow," "Solidarity," "Abraham Lincoln Brigade."

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