This sculpture by Mark DeGraffenried (2001) currently stands at the Pier Head, Liverpool and 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 Liverpool to America.
(I mention that it ‘currently’ stands at the Pier Head because I believe it may eventually be destined for the nearby Museum of Liverpool.)
The sculpture is cast in bronze. The child stepping forward symbolises the migration to the unknown world. Not visible in this shot is a child at the back who is playing with a crab, suggesting the port’s deep association with the sea.