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National Gallery Unveils Public Sculpture

Davin’s piece aims to blend past and present Cayman by using a half-model form of a traditional Caymanian catboat—an iconic shape that will resonate across all members of the community—and reworking this as a minimalist concrete and glass sculpture. ~Natalie Urquart, NGCI Director

Adjacent, Davin Ebanks’ 11-foot black concrete and cast-glass sculpture representing Cayman’s iconic catboat, has been unveiled at the entrance to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

The sculpture represents two half-models of a catboat standing upright and intersecting to symbolize the bow and the stern of the vessel—representing the connecting of the historical and contemporary cultural environments of the Cayman Islands. The 11 foot glass and concrete sculpture honours Cayman’s maritime heritage, specifically the catboat, which served as inspiration for the design. The video captures the studio process of creating the sculpture. The project was sponsored by Water Authority to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary.

“Public art plays an important role in society and is often a forum through which to express a country’s unique iconography. Importantly, by bringing artwork ‘outside’ the traditional walls of an art museum and into the public domain, it makes the work accessible to the public at all times,” says Natalie Urquart, the National Gallery’s Director. [Full Cayman Compass article here…]


THANKS & RECOGNITION

Davin was joined for the unveiling by his collaborators Steven Durow, glass caster and Head of the Glass Department at Salisbury University in Maryland, and Nathan Weinbaum, contractor based in the Florida Keys and an expert in the use of concrete. Very special thanks to Steven for casting and cutting the glass panels and Nathan for providing a long-term solution for mounting the glass panels to the concrete forms. Thanks also to both for volunteering their time to stand in the blazing sun every day for a week during the installation of Adjacent.

Special thanks also to Emé Paschalides—the National Gallery’s liaison between artist, gallery and contractors. Without her on the ground in Cayman to organize and meet with architects, contractors, electricians, etc, there is no way the project would have been completed on time.

Thanks also to Eduardo Bernal, Principal Architect at ARCO Architectural Services, for his generous consultation and advice, particularly on aspects of safety and durability.

Kaitlyn Elphinstone for her perfect shot of Adjacent at dusk.

Finally, thanks are due to whatever forces aligned so that I was born a Westbayer to the son of a fisherman and sailor. My family’s support has never wavered; thank you.