For the latest on the proposed David Black sculpture controversy, read Bing McGilvray’s letter in today’s Gloucester Daily Times. The letter is not yet posted online as of 10am this morning, but you can read it on the opinion page in the paper or here:

“Today’s Editorial, City’s arts policy must define room for public input, leads off with the insinuation that every new work of public art is always met with some degree of negativity, followed by this statement: “Indeed, reports indicate that some local folks didn’t immediately warm even to sculptor Leonard Craske’s 1923 Man at the Wheel…” What reports are you citing here? Whatever the source, this is absolutely untrue.” READ COMPLETE TEXT HERE: Fisherman’s Statue Was Never Controversial!

Please attend the forum to begin the process of developing a city wide arts policy, which will be held on May 14th. The exact time to be announced shortly. This is an important discussion and I look forward to seeing you there!

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  1. I don’t know if the Fishermans Memorial was ever controversial but I have recognized bitter resentment over every single new publicly funded art project I’ve seen in the past bunch of years.

    I think we talked about this trend in a podcast not too long ago.

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    1. I would love to learn more about how the Fishermen’s Wives statue and how the process of its acceptance evolved as it is so beautiful and so appropriately scaled to the location, as are the Man at the Wheel and Joan of Arc. These three pieces of enduring beauty certainly enhance the view, rather than overwhelm the viewer.

      I think we are all respectful of the fact that Mr. Black graduated from Gloucester High and I would like like to learn more about his commitment to our community in subsequent years. However anyone feels about Mr. Black’s sculpture proposal, having a policy in place that includes all voices of our community protects both the public and the artist.


  2. All three above comments and yes it was in the podcast not long ago! I think says it also – Quote from Tony Bennett – “If you don’t know the past, how could you know the future?

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