The public phase of the “Charting our Course” capital campaign is centered on the marine life of the Gulf of Mexico. Donors, with gifts ranging from $250 to $1,000, will be recognized on a permanent, beautiful glass sculpture that features likenesses of marine life molded in kiln-cast, deep relief glass. The colorful tiles will be illuminated from behind, creating a spectacular view near the entrance to the museum’s galleries.
The commemorative tiles that make up this sculpture will become a monument to the community’s love of the Gulf of Mexico and the important role it plays in our lives. This will also be an opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one that has a connection to our waterways, the port or the maritime industry in general.
Proceeds from the public phase of the capital campaign will help underwrite the completion of exhibits addressing ship design, shipbuilding and historic ships of the Gulf of Mexico. These exhibits will be located on Deck 4 of the museum’s galleries.
"Fending off" means avoiding a person or situation. Sailors "fend off" another vessel by pushing it away with oars or other gear. A "fender" (also part of an automobile) is often employed to keep two boats from chafing each other.