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By Paul Carter

Sculpture planned for Liverpool and Sea Trek 200

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -- According to reports from a Liverpool England newspaper, a statue is planned for Liverpool to honor that city's role in the experiences of the tens of thousands of Latter-Day Saints and others who sailed in the 1800s from Liverpool to America.

The proposed 7-foot tall bronze sculpture will depict a mother and father with two children and will be placed outside of the Museum of Liverpool Life, in an area between the museum and the riverside. It is planned as a permanent reminder of this year's "Sea Trek 2001" re-enactment of the sea journey experienced by many of the pioneers who joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Europe and then emmigrated to America.

Several of the Sea Trek 2001 events for the Liverpool area are listed in the article. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is to perform "Saints On The Seas", a symphony composed specifically for the re-enactment. Performances are to be conducted at all three British ports where Sea Trek will call: Liverpool, Hull, Portsmouth.

The two tall ships of Sea Trek will tie to Albert Dock on August 22 and stay for three days of celebration. In addition, a steam train has been chartered to transport participants from Hull to Liverpool as part of the commemoration.

Organizers of the events will visit Liverpool this Monday, May 21, and are expected to announce the full event schedule. They will bring with them a 12-inch model of the sculpture for Liverpool, offering the first public glimpse of the form of the artwork.

A spokesperson for the events, Jamie Kaplan, is quoted as saying, "We want to present the sculpture to Liverpool to recognize and remember the thousands of immigrants that left Europe for the United States.

"It is a beautiful image which embraces the importance of the family and we will be bringing with us a 12-inch high version of the sculpture so the people of Liverpool can get an idea of what it is like."

The sculpture has already been approved by the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside. The application to erect it on public grounds is now under consideration by the Liverpool City Council.

Of note: Mormon News has been informed that there have been discussions of a sculpture to be placed in New York City, also in conjunction with Sea Trek 2001, to recognize the role of that port in the lives of so many of the pioneers, and other immigrants, on their way from Europe to the West. However, at this time the discussions are not progressing at a rate that will generate approval in time for the Sea Trek 2001 commemoration.


Mormons Plan Statue Tribute
Liverpool UK Daily Post &Echo 10May01 A2
By Rachel Newton: Daily Post


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