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Mariners' Memorial

by Luben Boykov



Mariners' Memorial Garden, Grand Bank

6 Chilcott Place, Grand Bank, NL

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The Mariners' Memorial is located on the grounds of the George C. Harris House, a restored two-and-a-half-story Queen Anne-style house and a designated Provincial Heritage Site. The Grand Bank Heritage Society began a discussion with sculptor Luben Boykov in 2002 to create a large-scale public sculpture as a memorial to those who lost their lives at sea and the families left behind.

Boykov’s memorial design comprises two main features. One is a life-sized female figure standing on the "widow’s walk," a railed rooftop platform, representing the strength and endurance of all women who lost their men at sea. The other feature is a rock-walled pool containing over 300 stainless steel plaques, each with the name of a lost mariner, recognizing the sacrifices they made while working at sea.

Artist bio

Luben Boykov was born in 1960 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and immigrated to Canada in 1990. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He has been inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy and awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his extensive and widespread output of sculptures and exhibitions.

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