Artists Transform Iconic Album Cover 'Whipped Cream'

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The record cover of Herb Alpert's "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" is being transformed by Midlands artists. They've taken copies of the record and reworked it into their own creations, using the original cover as a starting point for their work. 

The cover for the album is considered an iconic piece of pop art. Around 20 artists have contributed pieces to the "Whipped Cream and Other Delights: Remake/Remodel" art show that opens Tuesday at 6 pm at 701 Whaley in Columbia. 

Musician, artist, and record collector Chris Bickel first started collecting the album about 20 years ago. He says during that time he has picked up about 500 copies of the record. "I've never paid more than a $1 for the record," Bickel told News19. When asked about spending about $500 on his collection of a record that he calls "worthless" Bickel responded "I'd say the reworked pieces are worth far more than $500."

Bickel, who works at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, says he sees the album in almost every collection of vinyl that he sees from customers, thrift stores, and flea markets. He started buying the album in an attempt to take it out of circulation. "Whipped Cream" has sold 6 million copies since it was released in 1965. Since he was not able to get it out of circulation, he decided to give it to artists to repurpose and rework. 

Curator Jeffery Day says he noticed Bickel's post about the remade covers and encouraged Bickel to turn it into an art show. Day says in many ways the album's artwork has overshadowed the music on the record. He says Herb Alpert and his band the Tijuana Brass used to tell crowds at their concerts that they were sorry they were unable to perform the album cover. 

Day says the sexuality of the cover has made it an eye grabbing piece that the artists have had fun turning into their own art. 

"Whipped Cream and Other Delights: Remake/Remodel" will be showing at 701 Whaley from Tuesday, February 4 until Saturday, February 22. 

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