21 Feb Mayflower sculpture to be installed on approach to Harwich
A sculpture of The Mayflower is to be installed on a roundabout on the approach to Harwich as part of the town’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the ship’s sailing.
An artist’s replica of the ship, which took the Pilgrim Fathers to America in 1620, will be put on the roundabout in Parkeston which is the first one reached by visitors exiting Harwich International Port.
It will form a key landmark to visitors to Harwich, and is part of the Mayflower 400 programme of works. Harwich, co-ordinated by Tendring District Council (TDC) with partners including the Harwich and Dovercourt Tourism Group, is part of a national compact looking to attract visitors to the town during the 400th anniversary of the ship’s sailing from Harwich to the New World.
TDC confirmed funding for the creation and installation of the sculpture late last year, with up to £45,000 committed to the project, and now a scale model of the artwork has been produced.
Essex County Council has already carried out the required groundworks at the roundabout, as part of its commitment to the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
It is hoped the sculpture will be put in place in Spring 2019, but installation will be weather dependent.