Fowey Rocks at Dawn - 5 color reductive linocut print. This beacon at the north end of the Maritime Heritage Trail warns sailors of the reefs below
Hanging in all its majesty in the Atrium at the Elliott Museum, this sad and scarred life size gentle giant of South Florida waterways has made a comeback, but last year been under attack by green algae proliferation, boat motor lacerations and plastic waste. I have sculpted and created her from marine debris and recycled materials including shells collected from nearby beaches and from the Florida Oceanographic Center’s FLOOR program where I volunteered last summer, to understand the area and threats to our waters. I hope to bring attention to the plight of the manatees by creating a focal piece for this show.
The areas closest shipwreck – the Georges Valentine lies just 100 yards off the rocky shore of the House of Refuge. While discussing the creation of this piece with the resident archaeologist, she shared debris from the area that was not usable, as well as the history that this House played during the storm of 1904. Bound for Buenos Aires with a load of lumber and a crew of 12, she sailed out of Pensacola under fair skies, but as she approached the Florida Straits, gale force winds swept her up the Gulfstream and after battling the storm for 3 days, Capt. Mortola, could not prevent her from hitting the shoals, and being battered and ripped by the reefs and the breakers near shore. 7 crew members survived while 5 succumbed to the perils of the sea. This piece pays homage to her wreck and has been sculpted to resemble the proud brigantine during her last moments of glory.
"Lugano" being constructed under a full moon rising in the studio