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Benjamin Bullins

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October 14th, 2010 - 01:13 PM

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The Lifetime Achievement Award for Blues Excellence is presented by the Voodoo Blues Krewe New Orleans Blues Society and is given to a different musician each year. This year's recipient was Little Freddie King, and I was commissioned to design the award. It brings me great joy to receive commissions where I'm given full creative control by the client. I was told to look up Little Freddie King and research his music style and the history of how he became a legendary Blues musician. It didn't take long for Little Freddie Kings music and photos to inspire my design. Right away I noticed that he had a great taste for shoes and everybody knows I love to incorporate shoes into my pieces, so it had to be part of the design. Another important element to the design is the Alternator part at the top of the sculpture which represents a huge part of Little Freddie Kings life. He worked as a bench man at Skeets electronics, working on alternators and starters his whole life. I had to make some reference to that and incorporate it into the piece. The metal armarture that holds all the elements was designed to mimic a railroad box car which Little Freddie King rode to New Orleans, from Mississippi, when he was young. He never left! Of course I was going to add an electric guitar, that was a no brainer. He normally plays a Gibson, so I found a used replica to use. Once I had the main components, I assembled them in a nice composition and finished it off with a few details, like the wood floor and the Fleur de lis. It was a crowd pleaser, and Little Freddie King was all smiles! Can't wait till next year's recipient is annouced.


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