“Harbor Workers” – Weathered Bronze – By Tom Morandi
Location: Morrison Riverfront Park
Morrison Riverfront Park at Aberdeen’s east entrance is the location of the twenty foot tall, one and one-half ton sculpture, the work of Oregon State University art professor Tom Morandi. A gift to the city from Anderson & Middleton Logging Company, with nearly a century on the Harbor, is a tribute to the logging industry.
The bronze sculpture funded by Anderson & Middleton and surrounding plaza was $200,000 and is an Aberdeen landmark and was unveiled November 23, 1996. It depicts three men long associated with the logging industry: Robert Sholes, owner of Sholes Logging at North River; Harry Sutton, a stacker-operator for Anderson & Middleton, and Robert Valliere, a 42 year old from Hoquiam who has spent most of his life in the business. They depict a tree topper, a tree faller and a millworker.
A bronze plaque dedicates the sculpture to “all those who worked in the woods, on the rivers, and in the mills in and around Grays Harbor”.