Arts & Culture

Sicilian Fishermen Tribute Planned at Long Wharf; Final Four Artist Submissions

Four final artist concepts have been submitted for a planned public art tribute to the Sicilian Fishermen of Boston’s North End. The public art installation will be on the north side of Long Wharf near the location of the former T Wharf. Along with Commercial Wharf and the former Eastern Packard Pier, T Wharf was the center of commercial activity in the neighborhood. It was in the late 19th to early 20th century when Italian immigrants, largely from Sicily, settled in the North End bringing their traditions that continue today, including the famous Fisherman’s Feast. The Sicilian Fishermen established Boston’s role as a major fishing port and continued their profession into the 1970’s on the North End waterfront.

Forty applicants entered to design the Sicilian Fishermen Tribute and the Boston Art Commission posted the four finalists. Excerpts are shown below and the full submissions can be viewed on the BAC website. Public comments can be emailed to A final decision is expected in June 2013.

Photos courtesy of Boston Art Commission.