Implementation of the Alexandria Waterfront Plan began last year. The work is already bearing fruit. After the Art League Annex building was razed at the corner of S. Union Street and Duke, archaeologists discovered the hull of an eighteenth-century ship.
At this location now lies Hotel Indigo. Although the boutique hotel is not yet open, a piece of public art has been erected in the rear courtyard.
Made of bronze and depicting a fisherman, it stands six-foot tall. Chris Erney, whose MetalShop 33 studio is located on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, sculpted the piece. He calls it “Potomac Harvest.”
Erney’s sculpture is the first public art on display as part of the waterfront plan that will ultimately display historical markers and a number of public art works.
Trained as an industrial designer, Erney has lots of art experience under his belt. His resume includes pieces at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, The Beacon of Groveton and the Hilton Garden Inn on Prince Street (“The Acrobat”).
Erney also painted the mural that once graced the Mount Vernon Trail on the south side of the Mirant Plant in the northern part of Old Town.
Although fully secured and in place, “Potomac Harvest” is not yet finished. Erney is currently making the fish net out of heavy stainless steel.
As he spoke to me from his studio on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Erney said he wanted to portray a fisherman. He considered this aspect of the waterfront’s history and appreciates the contributions of these hard workers who worked the nets in all kinds of weather.
According to its website, Hotel Indigo will open May 5, 2017. As far as we know, the hotel's restaurant is unnamed.
We think “Catch” would be appropriate.