ROCKLAND — Ground work has begun for where a sculpture dedicated to the crew of the El Faro will soon be erected.
Artist Jay Sawyer was at 44 Atlantic St. on Friday, Sept. 9 overseeing the ground being readied.
The formal dedication of his public memorial display titled EL FARO SALUTE! will be 1 pm Saturday, Sept. 24
“This is the intersection of culture and industry,” said artist Sawyer who is a Rockland native who now lives in Warren.
The event is open to the public and will take place rain or shine. Early arrival is suggested. The steel sculpture, SALUTE EL FARO! is a memorial to the 33 crew members lost at sea when their ship, the SS El Faro, went down during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct.1, 2015. The crew included five Maine Maritime Academy graduates; four lived in Maine and two were Rockland residents — 34-year-old second mate Danielle Randolph and 23-year-old third assistant engineer Dylan Meklin. In all, eight crew members called New England home.
The dedication ceremony on Sept. 24 will open with a brief musical performance by Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble, followed by a Color Guard procession. After a welcome address by Sawyer, brief remarks will be given by Rockland Mayor Ed Glaser, Farnsworth Art Museum Curator Jane Bianco, Penobscot Marine Museum Executive Director Karen Smith, Maine Maritime Academy graduate John Buckley (Class of 1981), representatives from the Boston and Portland Marine Societies and Author and Rev. Peter Panagore.
Sawyer is well known in Maine for his series of fabricated spheres. His work entitled “Ridin’ the Rails to Rockland” is prominently placed at the end of the rail line overlooking Sandy Beach in Rockland, nearby where the EL FARO SALUTE! will soon be located.
Rockland Council meeting for Monday to be Zoom only