Waterwork, our first 1% for public art project in Norfolk, is comprised of 24 large-scale photographic murals on glazed ceramic tiles. Scenes of work and life on the Norfolk waterfront selected from the archives of the Slover Sargeant Memorial Collection are depicted to remind visitors of the rich history and continuing work traditions of the Norfolk waterfront. Images include tugboats, battleships, sailboats, skiffs, dock buildings, a baptism from the 1800s, a day the Elizabeth River froze, rescues, ferries, freighters, longshoremen, sailors, flags, and more.

Waterwork was dedicated July 2, 2009 with remarks given by Mayor Paul Fraim and Public Art Commission Chair Steve Wright.

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