Milford Delaware prides itself on it’s shipbuilding past. That past is on display as part of a town-wide art project that is now finally completed.
Milford brands itself as ‘River Town, Art Town, Home Town’, and it was through Downtown Milford Inc., that that all those elements came together in an interesting and unusual citywide art project called ‘Art on the River Walk Tour’.
Milford has a beautiful downtown; full of shops, art galleries, and of course the river walk – a scenic trail winding from one end of Milford to the other while overlooking the Mispillion River.
The art project itself begins with Milford’s shipbuilding past. The Augusta was built in the town’s shipyards in 1927. In 2010 it was found abandoned and derelict. The yacht was brought home to Milford where it was painstakingly refurbished to its former glory and still resides in town.
The Augusta provided the inspiration for the project. Fiberglass boats were custom designed for the project based on the Augusta. Then local artists mentored local high school art students using the boat and the town’s branding to create unique pieces of art reflecting those values and principles of river town, art town, home town (you can see pictures of the finished sculptures above).
Lee Nelson, executive Director of Downtown Milford Inc., says, “Art programs are being cut by schools, and we thought that this would be a way for professional artists to mentor some of the local high school students and give them a skill set they could use going forward in life.”
The project is finally complete and all eighteen boats are on display. Six of the sculptures are located downtown with twelve others scattered along the river walk.
As if the walk along Milford’s river walk wasn’t nice enough, these sculptures provide a another reason to stop and take in some art while enjoying a day out strolling along the Mispillian River.
If you are heading to any of Delaware’s beaches over the Memorial Day weekend or later this summer, I would recommend stopping by, grabbing some lunch and taking a stroll. It’s free to walk, free to look, and totally worth the stop.
For more information on Milford and the river walk, visit their website. You can watch our original story on the project below.