No one knows from whence they came, or at least no one knew Friday. That’s when people started noticing four sculptures, all two-dimensional depictions of people, perched atop pilings on the southwest side of City Pier in Fall River, Mass.
No one knows from whence they came, or at least no one knew Friday.
That’s when people started noticing four sculptures, all two-dimensional depictions of people, perched atop pilings on the southwest side of City Pier.
The sculptures are between 2 and 4 feet high and are made of half-inch plywood.
One of the sculptures has its hands joined over its head, as though about to execute a swan dive into the water. The other three seem to be dancing. Surrounded on three sides by water, the weed-overgrown City Pier is a green canvas for the artist.
“I just took a ride out there,” Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan said Friday afternoon, adding that he did not know the identity of the artist.
“I’m not against people expressing themselves through art,” Flanagan said. “If they are going to do it, I just wish they would inform the city.”
Flanagan said he could not condone the placement of the sculptures because City Pier is contaminated from decades of use as an industrial site.
“Really, no one should be going out there,” he said.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray announced this year $2.2 million in state and federal funds to clean the contaminated City Pier, which has been vacant since the early 1980s but is being eyed for a marina and office buildings.
According to a preliminary plan for the site, two office buildings could be built near Davol Street, with most of the pier space covered by parking. The exact size and location of the buildings will be determined by the amount of contamination found in those spots,
A chain link fence with a padlocked gate restricts access to the pier, which is between the former site of the Regatta nightclub and the Point Gloria apartment buildings. Neither the padlocks nor the fence showed any signs of tampering.
Flanagan said the city does not plan to take down the sculptures and will not pursue legal action if the artist came forward.
“I would not want to see the person arrested or charged,” Flanagan said. “There was no harm done.”
E-mail Marc Munroe Dion at firstname.lastname@example.org.