This set of 25 relief sculptures celebrates Gig Harbor’s rich fishing history, specifically the purse seiners, the type of fishing boat used by the Ancich family – and many others – for generations. They are still in use to this day. The main purse seiner is shown heading out towards the horizon, with a small skiff pulling out and setting the net. The net is set in a circular pattern and the resulting curtain is then ‘pursed’ closed at the bottom to capture the fish. On the sidelines, other salmon nervously watch the action while opportunistic seagulls look for a snack. A harbor seal is also watching, perhaps hoping for a meal of fresh salmon.
Artist Gary W. Jackson and his wife, Charlee Glock-Jackson at the Ancich Waterfront Park Art Dedication on October 8, 2019. To view more photos from the Art Dedication, visit the City's Facebook page.