Memorial of Isle of Wight Plaque for the Lifeboatmen
Unveiling of bronze memorial, commemorative 'relief plaque' for the Lifeboat men on West Of Isle Of Wight.
March 2012 at Seely Hall, Brook, IW.
'I was thrilled to do this commission as I feel the lifeboat men do
such a courageous and necessary job for our island's coastlines.'
The plaque is showing the dangers they endured in simple row boats in
the past to help the crews on ailing ships.
The West Wight Landscape Partnership is a lottery funded scheme to enhance the natural landscape and heritage of the Western side of the Isle of Wight. One of the projects was to encourage the Parishes, which comprise that area, to identify and celebrate a ‘Local Hero’. Brighstone Parish choose the Life Boat Men who manned the old wooden rowing boats that went to sea to rescue those stranded on stricken ships.
A committee was established to implement the project. They contact various artists to submit their ideas of how a work of art could capture the bravery of these men who went to sea in such dangerous conditions in such small boats.
A number of artists, including Laura Lian, submitted their ideas to the committee. She sent a small model which gave a idea of how a larger plaque would look. The Committee
felt that she had completely identified the atmosphere and detail of the project. The model surpassed the Committees expectations of how a relief plaque could show all
the attributes that they wished to convey.
The Committee decide to commission a large bronze plaque inset in a stone obelisk.
Laura came to Island, met with the Committee and the stonemasons. She was very pleasant to deal with and was open to suggestions.
The large plaque has now been completed and the Committee are totally satisfied
with the result.