Vigilance Echoes: Guardians of the Coast

Vigilance Echoes: Guardians of the Coast

Welded & forged steel w/ patina; 7’ 10” high 10”w

This piece is in Watch Tower Park, 305 Columbus Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL

The Vigilance Echoes: Guardians of the Coast sculpture stands as a tribute to the brave civilians who used the water tower as their vantage point to scan the coastline during the harrowing days of World War II. This monumental work of art captures the spirit and determination of those who dedicated themselves to safeguarding their community and nation from potential enemy planes. The sculpture is an abstract representation forged from welded metal with its striking circular components symbolizing the iconic shape of the water tower that once stood on this very site.

The most striking feature of Vigilance Echoes is its patina coating which not only enriches the sculpture’s aesthetic appeal but carries profound symbolism. The patina’s hue subtly changes from deep aqua to rich turquoise, mirroring the shades of the ocean that stretched out before those brave civilians. It also signifies the water once stored within the tower, a symbol of sustenance and life, and a reminder that the vigilant individuals were both protectors and preservers of their way of life.

At the heart of the sculpture, is a preserved section of the original ladder from the dismantled water tower. The ladder, though weathered by time, still points upward, echoing the indomitable spirit of those who climbed it to keep watch over their homeland.

Vigilance Echoes_ Guardians of the Coast, Frederick Goldstein, Sculptor in New Smyrna Beach
Vigilance Echoes: Guardians of the Coast