A sculpture to be sited in the Ramsey’s newly regenerated area on Market Hill is nearing completion.
The work, commissioned by Ramsey Town Commissioners, comes after the Chief Minister’s regeneration committee, in association with the Isle of Man Arts Council, invited expressions of interest from local artists for public art installations.
A number of submissions were received but it was Darren Jackson’s that resonated most strongly with the committee and the Commissioners, who felt his proposal best expressed the town’s enduring maritime links to the RNLI, .
At his studio in St Mark’s Darren has carved a full-size clay model of a child wearing a present-day RNLI crew uniform. This will be cast in bronze then erected on a plinth crafted from granite from Poortown quarry, near Peel.
The sculpture, the working title for which is ‘When I Grow Up’, has been modeled loosely on a young boy who has familial ties to the sculptor and the concept was based on an uncle of the artist’s wife, Stephanie, who worked for the RNLI.
Ramsey Town Commissioners’ chairman Captain Nigel Malpass said: ‘Darren has created a magnificent piece of public art that will serve as a landmark at one of the town’s major gateways and pays homage to those brave volunteers who, generation after generation, give so selflessly to the community.
‘This is a fitting year in which to welcome this sculpture to our town; not only will it add to the legacy of Island of Culture 2014, but also this year the RNLI celebrates its 190th anniversary and Ramsey lifeboat station its 185th.’