A new statute — “Man and Crocodile” — was installed at Newport News Park on Friday morning after more than six years in the planning and creating stages.
The Newport News Public Art Foundation bought the statute, the work of the Italian sculptor Giralmo Cuilla.
The sculptor, a Sicilian who works at a studio Pietrasanta in Italy, “explores themes that relate to human existence through historical symbols,” Arts Foundation President Jeff Stodghill wrote in an email.
The work — installed across from the Newport News Park’s Visitors Center — “features a man standing with a crocodile tied to his back as he presumably walks through life,” Stodghill wrote. In Egyptian mythology, he added, crocodiles “represented power, fear and were revered.”