City of Hamilton Recognizes the Passing of Local Artist Chesley Trott

The City of Hamilton is today mourning the passing of esteemed local artist Chesley Trott. Mr. Trott, a revered figure in Bermuda’s cultural landscape, leaves behind a profound legacy through his impactful sculptures and dedication to his craft.


This afternoon, the city paid homage to Mr. Trott’s memory with two floral tributes placed at the base of his significant sculptures: “When Voices Rise” in Wesley Square and “We Arrive” at Barr’s Bay Park. These sculptures stand not only as artistic marvels but also as poignant and essential reminders of Bermuda’s history and the resilience of its people.


“When Voices Rise,” erected in July 2009, commemorates the historic 1959 theater boycott in Bermuda, a pivotal moment that led to the end of segregation on the island. This bronze sculpture, situated on the southwest side of the Hamilton City Hall grounds, symbolizes the triumph of peaceful protest and the power of collective action for social change.


“We Arrive,” unveiled in February 2010, stands as a tribute to the 72 individuals who arrived on the slave ship Enterprise in 1835 and were granted freedom in Bermuda. Mr. Trott’s creation honors their resilience and celebrates the enduring spirit of freedom and equality.


Mr. Trott, commissioned by the Corporation of Hamilton to create “When Voices Rise,” was not only a talented artist but also an esteemed educator. For over three decades, he imparted his knowledge and passion for art through a wood carving program for inmates at Casemates Prison, leaving an indelible mark on both his students and the broader community.


Reflecting on Mr. Trott’s legacy, Mayor Charles Gosling said, “Mr. Trott has left his mark on not only the City of Hamilton but also the cultural landscape of Bermuda. His powerful sculptures are a testament to his legacy as a skilled artist. As Mr. Trott was an avid grower of flowering plants, especially orchids, we felt the floral tribute would be most fitting. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.”


In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Trott was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bermuda Arts Council in 1997, a testament to his enduring impact on Bermuda’s artistic heritage.


The City of Hamilton extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Chesley Trott.


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