For more than 40 years it graced the Brooklyn Longshoremen's Medical Center, but since 2006, when the ILA local relocated to new headquarters that couldn't fit the 24- by-9-foot artwork, "Working Waterfront" had been in storage.
Thanks to the efforts of the Port Authority, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, members of the ILA's Local 1814, and New York Container Terminal, Inc., the mural was rededicated at its new home, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, where it will be seen by travelers on ships of the Cunard and Princess Lines.
From right, Port Commerce Director Rick Larrabee, New York Container Terminal, Inc. President and CEO Jim Devine, ILA Local 1814 President Lou Pernice, and NYMT Manager Arie Van Tol view "Working Waterfront" in its new home.
The artist, Bernard Seaman, spent a lifetime depicting the important work done by men and women on the waterfront. "Working Waterfront" captures a classic period in shipping, prior to containerization, giving a sensation of action as workers lower cargoladen nets and sacks to the dock with the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty in the background.
"The mural represents the men and women who work at the port today and those of decades past, all of whom helped make the Port of New York and New Jersey the busiest -and best-seaport on the U.S. East Coast," said Port Commerce Director Rick Larrabee. "We were very pleased to contribute to the effort to find a fitting and prominent location for it, and this is certainly it."
Prior to reinstallation, NYCT's crane department crafted a new custom framework and installed backlighting. Workers from NYCT teamed up with HAVOC Media Design to install this work of art at the revitalized Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The mural was rededicated at a ceremony on May 13th.