The Fishermen In Sculptural Heritage (FISH) team in Brixham advise that from 1st April 2017, the FISH charity and social media accounts will be wound down. This follows the successful conclusion of the project after ten years of dedicated fundraising, when spectacular fishermens’ statue Man & Boy was finally revealed on Saturday 26th November last year.
The life-sized statue – created by local sculptress Elisabeth Hadley and then cast in bronze – stands on King’s Quay in Brixham, overlooking the inner harbour to commemorate lives lost at sea and celebrate Brixham’s fishing heritage. The area also offers local families who have lost or buried loved ones at sea a peaceful place to sit, reflect and remember.
Since the unveiling, the FISH Committee have also been able to supply powerful up-lighting set into the ground at all four corners of the iconic sculpture, detailing the full drama of the ‘man and boy’ who are battling at the helm of their fishing vessel (so perfectly captured in the attached new photograph by Chris Slack Photography). In addition, two plaques will shortly be fixed to the plinth detailing the story of Man & Boy and what the sculpture stands for.
One final piece of the ‘jigsaw’ will be a visit to the Man & Boy statue by a group of South Devon College construction students and their tutor during April. The students, who helped build the statue’s plinth, will have their photograph taken in front of the sculpture, and this will then form part of their construction coursework, and the FISH team hope to share that photograph with the community soon.
The Committee are extremely grateful to everyone in the community (and further afield) who helped turn the dream of a fishermens’ statue for Brixham into reality; Chairman Miriam Pynn (recently honoured with a Community Award by the High Sheriff of Devon for leading the Man & Boy project) and all of those involved very much hope that families who have suffered losses at sea will continue to visit the sculpture to remember their loved ones.Follow