Grand Cayman celebrates National Heroes Day every January in honour of those who have rendered exceptional service as National Heroes
The bronze sculpture “Tradition” was unveiled by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, on May 10TH, 2003, the Quintecentennial Anniversary of the discovery of the Cayman Islands by Columbus, in memoriam to the nearly 500 Caymanian souls lost at sea recorded since 1792.
Placed near the central fountain in the square, the life sized sculpture depicts a young boy at the helm of a schooner, learning the art of navigation from his father, in a long held tradition of passing seafaring knowledge down the generations, hence the name “Tradition”. The sculpture was originally placed next to the ruins of Fort George on the waterfront, but was moved inland to a more protected location in the square after being submerged during Hurricane Ivan
It was sculpted by Simon Morris, the creator of the “Guardian of the Reef” sculpture placed at Divetech in Grand Cayman in 2104, the mermaid “Amphitrite” placed at Sunset House in Grand Cayman in 2000, and the mermaid “The Emerald Princess” placed in Powell River, B.C. in 1989. All are underwater to promote scuba tourism.
A limited Edition life size bronze bust of the main figure, navigating with a sextant, is available as a commemorative of the event. It is titled “The Navigator”. US $9750.00
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