An opportunity for Gloucester
Ward meeting Monday on proposed sculpture at Solomon Jacobs Park
On Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. Councilor Melissa Cox and I will be hosting a dual ward meeting at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop to present the proposal to install a sculpture by the renowned artist and son of Gloucester David Black.
David, who was born here and was valedictorian of his class at Gloucester High School is making a gift to the city of a sculpture entitled “High Seas.” The sculpture will be located at Solomon Jacobs Park, between Maritime Gloucester and the Coast Guard Station.
David, who traces his roots back to the early families of Gloucester, including the Tarrs and the Wonsons, whose names appear on the old paint Manufactory across the harbor from the park, is a world famous artist. His works appear in cities around the world, including and Berlin, Germany, Washington DC, Nagano, Japan, and Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. His sculptures epitomize the best of modern art, capturing in steel and shape the spirit of a place.
“High Seas” evokes billowing sails and stormy seas in a modern idiom. It embodies Gloucester’s past and its future. It is fitting that it be located just down the hill from the Fitz Henry Lane house. David is very much in the tradition of the artists who have found inspiration in Gloucester for more than three centuries. He is donating his normal commission to the city as a gift to the place of his birth.
I encourage you to attend the meeting to hear for yourself about this exciting opportunity to enrich our city’s already rich artistic and cultural legacy.