I have worked and collaborated with artist Davin Ebanks for more than 20 years. When he was awarded the commission to create a large-scale public work as the centerpiece for The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands I was honored to help make this work a reality.
See the Making of Adjacent
From the National Gallery website: “The two pillars are shaped to depict the bow and stern of our islands’ iconic Catboat. The two pillars alone weigh more than 4,000 pounds and another 600 pounds of glass has been permanently affixed to the concrete facades.
Mr. Ebanks says his inspiration comes from his boat building heritage, “[The] first boat I ever fished on was a Catboat; my great-grandfather made three catboats. To me it symbolizes this sort of transition moment in Cayman where you move from [a] culture that took from the sea to a culture that protects the environment around Cayman, so it’s not only a symbol of our culture but its a symbol of the changing times.”
The sculpture, aptly named Adjacent adorns the middle of the Gallery’s roundabout entrance. With its durability and lasting impression, Mr. Ebanks and the NGCI hope that generations to come will experience this homage to Cayman’s culture and heritage.