Terry Adkins. Last Trumpet. 1995

Terry Adkins Last Trumpet 1995

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Last Trumpet exemplifies Adkins’s attempts “to make music as physical as sculpture might be and sculpture as ethereal as music is.” It comprises four eighteen-foot-long horns that are both monumental sculptures and functional musical instruments, which Adkins called “Akrhaphones.” The artist fabricated the horns by affixing conical tubes of cast brass to found and collected sousaphone bells. The debut musical performance of Last Trumpet in 1996 by a quartet drawn from the members of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps was dedicated to Adkins’s then recently deceased father, Robert Hamilton Adkins, an educator and musician whose initials, “RHA,” are embedded in “Akrhaphone.” “I made [the horns] on the scale at which I thought angels would play them,” Adkins explained. “And so the Akrhaphones actually represented the horns of the first four angels of the Last Judgment.” Adkins kept the Akrhaphones until the end of his life, including them in his installations, where they would be displayed and activated.

Gallery label from Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps, August 19-October 9, 2017.
Brass and sousaphone and trombone bells, four parts
Each 216 × 24 × 24" (548.6 × 61 × 61 cm)
Gift of David Booth; and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Thompson (by exchange)
Object number
© Terry Adkins. Courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins
Painting and Sculpture

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