Legacy sculpture at the Albert Dock

From 2 March 2007

Rear view of sculpture of a family on Liverpool's waterfront. The man is standing looking out to sea, the woman is crouched holding her small daughter and at the back a young boy is prodding a crab with a stick

Museum of Liverpool on the road

Part of the 'on the road' programme, which toured objects to different locations while the Museum of Liverpool was constructed.

Location: Albert Dock

The Legacy sculpture can be seen overlooking the River Mersey, outside the Piermaster's House| in the Albert Dock.

Object: Legacy sculpture by Mark DeGraffenried, 2001

This statue of a young family commemorates migration from Liverpool to the new world.

It was given to the people of Liverpool by the Mormon Church as a tribute to the many families from all over Europe who embarked on a brave and pioneering voyage from Liverpool to start a new life in America.

It is estimated that in total approximately nine million people emigrated through the port.

The sculpture by Mark DeGraffenried is cast in bronze. The child stepping forward at the front symbolises migration to the unknown world whilst the child playing with a crab at the back indicates a deep association with the sea.

Accession number MMM.2001.212.1

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