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The Crossing

Mark DeGraffenried & Neil Hadlock
Toledo Bronzeworks
2001

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Description

Statue of a family, a man, his wife, a young boy and a infant girl, with their luggage. The boy is playing with a lobster.

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See other casts of the same statue in Hull and Portsmouth.

From DeGraffenried's website (no longer available):

Four life-size emigrant families (each family consisted of a mother, father and two children) cast in bronze to commemorate our pioneer heritage from Europe. Permanent locations at Mersey Side Dock Maritime Museum, Liverpool* England, Broad Street, Portsmouth England, and Albert Dock, Hull* England. One life-size bronze on loan at Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. DeGraffenried sculpted each piece as well as assisted with the bronze casting and installation of the finished sculptures.
*The statue is at the Humber Quays in Hull.

Inscription(s)

"THE CROSSING"
by mark degraffenred
in commemoration of an estimated 85,000
latter-day saints who sailed from wurope to
america from 1851-1900.

we thank this city for cradling our ancestors.

donated by the 2001 sea trek foundation
and james moses jex family

Signature

2001 De Graffenried 1/8 Toledo Bronzeworks

Information Sign

Legacy Sculpture
by Mark DeGraffenried, 2001

This statue of a young family commemorates migration
from Liverpool to the new world.

It was given to the people of Liverpool by the Mormon
Church as a tribute to the many families from all over
Europe who embarked on a brave and pioneering voyage
from Liverpool to start a new life in America.

It is estimated that in total approximately nine million
people emigrated through the port.
The sculpture is cast in bronze; the child stepping forward
symbolises migration to the unknown world whilst the
child playing with a crab indicates a deep association with
the sea.

Liverpool - The Crossing

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Locatie (N 53°24'4" - W 2°59'41") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gbnw056; Photograph: 18 June 2023
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