The municipally approved public monument project formerly known as "The Provincetown Fishermen's Memorial," by the sculptor, Romolo Del Deo, has been renamed and under new sponsorship to assure that Provincetown’s Seafaring Legacy lives on, celebrating Provincetown's four century long traditions of the Fishing, Whaling, Exploration, Science and Life Saving on the Sea. The monument is in progress in the artist's studio and on track to be completed in time for dedication during the Provincetown QuadriCentennial Celebration in 2020. Follow the Progress on Facebook
The Seafarer's Tribute is a life size bronze monumental depiction of two Dory Fishermen Hand-lining off the Grand Banks, part of Provincetown's great Seafaring Legacy. You can support the project directly through the online donation portal
About the Project
Welcome to the official website for the Provincetown Seafarer's Tribute, dedicated to celebrating the seafaring tradition of Provincetown, MA, past, present and future. By order of the Selectmen of the Town of Provincetown upon the recommendation of the Provincetown Art Commission and approval by the Provincetown Pier Corporation, award-winning local artist, Romolo Del Deo has been commissioned to create a monumental sculpture dedicated to the maritime legacy of Provincetown, to be publicly displayed on MacMillan Wharf. Please join us, the Friends of the Seafarer's Tribute in raising awareness of this great legacy that shaped the town we all love and contribute to this noble project for future generations.
Our Shared Story
The seafaring tradition has touched everyone’s lives in Provincetown in some way, from the men and women of Provincetown's fishing past to the "wash ashore" today. We all realize that the town we know and love, would not be the place it is, were it not for the generations of intrepid seafarers and the safe harbor they created here, not just for themselves, but for one of the most remarkable and diverse communities in America. The time is more than past due that this proud history be honored with a public monument that echoes all the individualism and spirit of Provincetown's maritime legacy.
Provincetown native, son of a former fisherman and career sculptor, Romolo Del Deo, has been selected by the town of Provincetown to create a fitting tribute in monumental lost wax bronze, a medium he has mastered for over 30 years, with publics works world wide. His scale model has been unanimously approved with acclamation by all the governing boards of Provincetown: the Art Commission, the Pier Corporation and the Board of Selectmen.
It is the resolve of the town that this monument should be sited close to the heart of Provincetown’s seaport. Therefore, they have elected to have their artist design a special extension to Macmillan wharf , where it meets the shore, connecting the Fishermen’s Park to Macmillan Wharf, so that everyone entering and leaving the pier will be able to reflect upon the seafaring legacy, both past and present.
This project is long overdue, Provincetown's sister towns of Gloucester and New Bedford, both have famous sculptures honoring their seamen, how ironic that Provincetown, America's first art colony, and the home to artists for generations, has until now, lacked a fitting artwork to honor its own sea-going tradition which played such an important role in the development of the art here. Help Provincetown join that august group of communities who honor their seamen. Help build the Provincetown Seafarer's Tribute.
The Provincetown Seafarer's Tribute is currently in re-organization as it shifts to expand the scope of the project under its new name. However while this change is underway, work continues on modeling the full scale monument sculpture. To keep this work moving forward you can directly support this effort by making a contribution to the materials fund through our online donation portal, to fund the the work to create a Provincetown Seafarer's Tribute in monumental bronze. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. Let’s rise to this challenge of creating something lasting that speaks not just to our storied past but to our future.
This project will be divided into Four funding phases, to cover the stages of creating the 14 foot long by 10 foot high monument on a new wharf platform. Each funding phase is estimated at $125,000. This project is targeted to take at least two years if funding keeps apace. Please return to this site to see how the on-going progress of sculpting the monument is proceeding in the artist's studio.
About the Artist
The artist chosen, Romolo Del Deo, not only knows and loves the town of Provincetown where he was born and raised, but he is also an accomplished professional in his field, with numerous monumental public works and museum exhibits including the largest public artwork on Cape Cod. He was the youngest sculptor featured in the national touring exhibit, "Tides of Provincetown". This historic survey exhibit presented the 80 most important area artists of the last 200 years, organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art. Recently he was awarded the Lorenzo De Medici Gold Medal for Sculpture at the Florence Biennale 2015. Other awards include the Henry Moore Foundation, NY Foundation for the Arts, Gottlieb Foundation & the Sugarman Foundation and the President's Award from Harvard University for Contribution to the Arts.
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