2018-07-05 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

On Sunday, July 1, a large crowd gathered at Argyle Park to celebrate the dedication of our new “Bayman” statue. The attendees also had the opportunity to meet well-known sculptor Jose Ismael Fernandez who created The Bayman and previously created Babylon’s sculpture of Robert Moses, which stands on the west lawn of Babylon Village Hall. “The Bayman” has now been installed on the east side of the Carll River, just south of West Main Street.

Fernandez is a classically influenced sculptor based in Los Angeles, California. His work can be seen as monuments at locations all around the country.

The Babylon Beautification Society spearheaded the project and hired sculptor Fernandez to create a 7-foot statue of one of the baymen to stand at the east side of the Carll’s River Basin. He worked with sketches done by local artist, Kathy Herzy. Mrs. Herzy had her son, Christopher, model for the statue. Like so many area residents, Christopher and his father, Gil Herzy, clammed for many years themselves.


In photo, artist Jose Ismael Fernandez is shown, center, with Babylon Village Trustee Mary Adams and Mayor Ralph Scordino at the unveiling ceremony. In photo, artist Jose Ismael Fernandez is shown, center, with Babylon Village Trustee Mary Adams and Mayor Ralph Scordino at the unveiling ceremony. Numerous other groups, notably Save the Great South Bay, assisted in the fundraising and all aspects of the project. Of course, one cannot forget the numbers of local citizens who generously contributed time and donations to make “The Bayman” a reality. You can see the names of many of the donors inscribed on bricks surrounding the sculpture. I think that special thanks should go to Dr. Chris Proto, Wayne Horsley, and Scott Lockwood for all of their work on the project. If I have forgotten any group or individual, I apologize.

•I hope that you all enjoyed a safe and happy 4th of July. Stay as cool as you can during this heat and humidity and be sure to take care of any pets as well. They are affected by the heat and humidity as we are but can’t tell us when they are uncomfortable.

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