On the 20th anniversary of its 2001 dedication, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial will be illuminated with a vibrant light art and sound installation that honors the generations of women who have supported the Gloucester fishing industry. Created by local non-profit LuminArtz — whose light art productions transformed Greater Boston with shows like “Illuminus” and “Hatched” — the event reunites video and light artist Pamela Hersch of Hersch Visuals with sound artist and composer Maria Finkelmeier of MF Dynamics to transform the memorial in a dazzling display.
“Centuries In The Making: Gloucester’s Wives and Fishermen Shine On” pops up at 7:30pm on August 5, 2021 at the memorial statue (107 Western Avenue near Essex Avenue) with a ceremony that includes Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) and Fishing Partnership representative Angela Sanfilippo, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, and LuminArtz Executive Director Lyn Burke. Following the live celebration, the statue and surrounding area will be illuminated with a light art display and an immersive soundscape that features the stories and recollections of contemporary fishermen’s wives, all from 8:30p through 10p.
Starting that same night and running from 8:30p – 10p each night through August 12, the exterior of the Cape Ann Museum’s Downtown campus will be the canvas for another projected light and sound art installation that animates pieces of the GFWA’s narrative quilt, housed within the Museum, and created in 1998 by nationally-known quiltmaker Clara Wainwright. The projection will be visible nightly from the Museum’s Pleasant Street side (note that the Museum itself will be closed at that hour).