LL Cool J honored with statue built by black artist in hometown
LL Cool J’s statue consists of “a pedestal frame outfitted with nods to the 53-year-old rapper’s massive career,” MSN disclosed.
Banfield opened up about his work on LL Cool J on this Instagram post.
Among his comments: â€œThis bronze bust of @llcoolj was a labor of love carved on Governor’s Island as part of @lmcc_nyc Gov Island Residency Initiative from September to December 2020. I would leave Queens early in the morning to take the first ferry to the government is. to maximize my time to create on the island. Using traditional plasticine techniques and a multitude of reference photographs, I created my artistic interpretation of LL, a collaboration of facial steps emerging from an anatomical foundation. Using my years of class in the study of ancient Kemetic statues, Greco-Roman and Italian Renaissance masters, I strove to model the essence, strength, courage, sensitivity and determination of LL in this portrait bust.
According to American songwriter, LL Cool J commented in an article: â€œAnything is possible. Statue of me in Corona Park, Queens by the talented @Sherwintheartist.