Motif Number 1 – the Reproduction

19 12 2009

Well, it is hard to believe that 52 weeks have gone by already and this challenge is coming to an end. I have enjoyed pulling out 52 of my favorite film captured images through the years. I am going to do a photo book of the 52 images.

I took this photo of Motif Number 1 in Rockport, Massachusetts. I think I took this photo in the late 1980s.  Rockport is one of my favorite places and several images made my top 52. I love the seagull sitting on top of the boat lift post.

From Wikipedia:

Motif Number 1, located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, Massachusetts, is a fishing shack well-known to students of art and art history as the most often-painted building in America.

Built in the 1840s as Rockport became home to a colony of artists and fishermen, the shack became a favorite subject of painters due to the composition and lighting of its location as well as being a symbol of New England maritime life. Painter Lester Hornby (1882-1956) is believed to be the first to call the shack “Motif Number 1, a reference to its being the favorite subject of the town’s painters, and the name achieved general acceptance.

In the 1930s, painter John Buckley used the shack as his studio. He sold it to the town in 1945, dedicated In 1945, the town of Rockport purchased the Motif as a monument to Rockporters who had served in the Armed Services. The town, recognizing its iconic value, has taken pains to preserve both its structure and appearance, finding a red paint which appears weather-beaten even when new, and keeping the area clear of overhead wires, traffic signs and advertising.

The shack was destroyed during the Blizzard of 1978, but an exact duplicate was constructed that same year.




One response

19 12 2009

I already used this as a photo of the week. Except I used a picture of the original. This is the reproduction that was built after the blizzard of 1978.

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