WHAT: Cape Ann Museum Park and Sculpture Garden Opening Reception; free and open to the public, refreshments will be served
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 4:30pm (immediately following Gloucester Public School District Arts Festival)
WHERE: Across the street from the Museum, located at 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Mass. 01930
WHO: Remarks by J.J. Bell, Vice President of the Museum ; John Raimondi, the Rockport artist who created the Park’s central bronze sculpture, Dance of the Cranes, will be in attendance
WHY: Please join us in celebrating the official opening of our new landscaped park and sculpture garden. A wonderful urban green space for the citizens of Cape Ann and its visitors, the park includes an inviting granite stairway leading up from the corner of Pleasant Street (there is also an accessible walkway), a variety of plantings and two rugged granite benches for seating. At the center of the park is an engaging bronze sculpture Dance of the Cranes by Rockport artist, John Raimondi. The inspirational depiction of cranes in flight exudes the optimism and positive spirit which is reflective of the proud and triumphant architecture of the iconic City Hall, which serves as its backdrop.
The park and sculpture garden, located in the heart of Gloucester’s Civic District, appears at a time when much of the district is being refurbished, including City Hall, the Central Grammar apartment building, and the Saunders House and Sawyer Free Library. It is one of a number of initiatives to continue the Cape Ann Museum’s community outreach efforts, in this case, building a public amenity that includes a piece of the Museum’s collection. With this park and sculpture garden in the heart of Gloucester, the Museum hopes to establish a more visible connection with the public and to contribute to the creation of a “cultural campus” comprising the Museum, City Hall, the Saunders House and the Library.