‘Vigil’ is a life size bronze fishing memorial created by Blaine Sculptor Bob McDermott who also created ‘Dirty Dan Harris’ featured in Fairhaven. ‘Vigil is a tribute to Blaine’s fishing heritage, and features those strong women awaiting the return of their loved ones at sea who helped build our community. The three generations represent the past, present, and future for themselves and for Blaine. It is dedicated to former mayor, Dieter Schugt and others who have watched over Blaine. This beautiful sculpture enhances our new boardwalk, is cast in bronze, and should last for centuries.

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  • Read Artist Statement *
  • Read the Story of Vigil *

The total cost of this project was $190,000 and Vigil became fully funded this Spring. We are continuing to sell bricks, pavers, and bronzes with all proceeds going to scholarships for students enrolling for the Blaine Jazz Festival for Teens which is also produced by the Pacific Arts Assoc. Scholarships are based on talent and need, and provide a quality, week-long jazz camp experience for many kids who would be otherwise unable to attend.

Take your place in Blaine history. Choose one of the below options that is appropriate for your family or business. Preserve your name, or the name of your family, loved one, business or a pet in brick, stone, or bronze. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.

Purchases may be made by clicking on the link below, or in person at Northern Meadows Specialty Gift & Wine at 684A Peace Portal Drive in Blaine, located across the street from the Harborview Plaza (upon which Vigil sits) in downtown Blaine. The phone there is 360 332 4921.

You may also make out a check to the Pacific Arts Assoc. and mail it to the above address. Be sure to e mail the text you desire on your brick or plaque to [email protected] Phone Bruce at 360-319-9388 if you have questions.

These are the latest possibilities for plaques and pavers on the Vigil Sculpture Project:

  • Sidewalk brick $75——————————2 lines with up to 20 letter-spaces per line
  • Sidewalk double brick $200———————-5 lines with up to 20 letter-spaces per line
  • Sidewalk 8in. by 16 in. bluestone $750———–(excellent for logos)
  • Sidewalk 12in by 16in bluestone $1000———–(really stands out)
  • Platform bronze 5 in. by 12 in. $1100————-sits vertically on platform stairs
  • Platform portrait bronze 5in. by 12in. $1600——-This special plaque can have an engraved portrait of up to 2 people


Examples of all of the above can be seen by going to the Vigil site. (Harborview Plaza at H ST. and Peace Portal Dr.)

Larger bronze plaques can be placed on the Harborside Place Building (construction to begin this Summer) in an area that will be adjacent to the Vigil and will be designed for Vigil plaques: $2,500 for 8 in. by 12 in. (engraved portrait possible), $5000 for 12 in. by 12 in. (engraved portrait possible), and $10,000 for 16 in by 20 in (relief portrait possible). For more information on these bronzes contact Bruce Wolf at (360)319-9388 or email [email protected]