The Fishermen In Sculptural Heritage (FISH) charity team in Brixham were delighted to welcome a small group of South Devon College construction students and their tutor to the statue site on 25 April. The students, who worked as volunteers last year to construct the statue’s plinth, had a professional photograph taken in front of the sculpture by Chris Slack Photography as a ‘thank you’ from the FISH team since the plinth construction will form part of the student’s coursework.
Former tutor Ben O’Sullivan from South Devon College said: South Devon College Level 1 Brickwork students were privileged to be involved in this inspiring project which means so much to the Brixham community. Working on Man & Boy gave the students a chance to use in real life the skills they have been developing during their studies at the College whilst gaining an appreciation of community spirit and an understanding of the challenges of working as fishermen, and heartbreak faced by loved ones when lives are lost at sea. The students are really proud of the finished brick plinth and the fact it will remain for all to enjoy for centuries to come, with one student commenting that he couldn’t wait to bring his family to Brixham in future to show them and say ‘I helped build that’.
Since the statue’s unveiling last November, the FISH Committee have 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 battling at the helm of their fishing vessel, and in addition have taken delivery of two heavily embossed bronze plaques to be secured to the plinth detailing the story of Man & Boy and what the sculpture represents, with these ‘finishing touches’ forming the final additions to the iconic sculpture.
The 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. The beautiful bronze sculpture is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV.Follow