ROCKLAND — The sculpture dedicated to the crew of the El Faro arrived Monday morning at its new home.

The formal dedication of his public memorial display titled EL FARO SALUTE! will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Artist Jay Sawyer was at 44 Atlantic St. Monday morning, Sept. 19 along with friends who have helped getting the site ready for the dedication ceremony. The sculpture was placed on the site with the assistance of an Art Henry crane. The site work was done by the Overlock company.

Among those watching the arrival and placement of the sculpture were Keith Plummer and Caroline Gallagher. Plummer will be landscaping the site this week. He said the plan is for green and blue junipers that will appear like waves around the sculpture. Gallagher created the videos used during the development of the project.

The dedication is open to the public and will take place rain or shine. Early arrival is suggested. The steel sculpture, EL FARO SALUTE! is a memorial to the 33 crew members lost at sea when their ship, the SS El Faro, went down during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct.1, 2015. The crew included five Maine Maritime Academy graduates; four lived in Maine and two were Rockland residents — 34-year-old second mate Danielle Randolph and 23-year-old third assistant engineer Dylan Meklin. In all, eight crew members called New England home.

The dedication ceremony on Sept. 24 will open with a brief musical performance by Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble, followed by a Color Guard procession. After a welcome address by Sawyer, brief remarks will be given by Rockland Mayor Ed Glaser, Farnsworth Art Museum Curator Jane Bianco, Penobscot Marine Museum Executive Director Karen Smith, Maine Maritime Academy graduate John Buckley (Class of 1981), representatives from the Boston and Portland Marine Societies and Author and Rev. Peter Panagore.

Sawyer is well-known in Maine for his series of fabricated spheres. His work entitled “Ridin’ the Rails to Rockland” is prominently placed at the end of the rail line overlooking Sandy Beach in Rockland, nearby where the EL FARO SALUTE! will soon be located.

Artist Jay Sawyer after an Art Henry crane placed the sculpture on the waterfront site. Photo by Stephen Betts

Artist Jay Sawyer is all smiles after the El Faro Salute! was placed on the site. Photo by Stephen Betts

Keith Plummer and Caroline Gallagher view the sculpture.