Project Area: Beacon Street
Project: American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
Project Location: Harbor Boulevard between 5th and 6th Streets at John S. Gibson, Jr. Park
Project Type: CRA/LA Cultural Trust Fund
Seeking to create a memorial to honor the service of merchant mariners in times of peace as well as conflict, the Southern California Chapter of the American Merchant Veterans and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Maritime Union established the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee. With funding assistance from the CRA/LA, this committee selected sculptor Jasper D’Ambrosi’s proposal for his bronze statue, Jacob’s Ladder, which depicts two merchant mariners climbing up a Jacob’s ladder after a rescue at sea. Unfortunately, the artist passed away before he could complete the final clay model. In tribute to their father, sculptors Marc and Michael D’Ambrosi completed the enlargement, casting the statue at the then family foundry, Arizona Bronze. The 17 ½ ft. high bronze statue atop a 5 ft. high base is part of a fountain with running water and is illuminated at night.