The city-owned statue, which weighed more than a ton and once
stood more than 17 feet tall, had been stolen from Point Cadet
Plaza. The golden figure of a beak-nosed fisherman, with
outstretched arms hoisting a castnet, had been damaged and
knocked off its pedestal by Hurricane Katrina.
Although known as the Golden Fisherman, the hollow statue was
believed to be constructed of phosphor bronzes, or tin bronzes,
which are alloys containing copper, tin and phosphorous, which
resisted corrosion. Ocean Springs artist Harry Reeks, who the
city commissioned to create the statue in 1975.
A new sculptor still needs to be hired and a design for
a new pedestal fountain designed.
Money for the work is nearly in place with $55,000 already