The public is invited to attend the unveiling of the eight foot bronze sculpture titled Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets that will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16th at Main Street Overlook Park (Main Street & Massachusetts Avenue overlooking Lake Mirror). There will be live music from the Brian Sutherland Trio and refreshments. There will also be a fireworks show at dusk. Sandra Trattner and Steve Wolfson generously donated the bronze sculpture in honor of their parents Elaine and Wil Wolfson.
Steve Wolfson said, “This piece of art tells our family story with the mother swan protecting her young and where it will stand is near the place where my grandfather stood when he first came to Lakeland in 1909.” He added, “My sister and I are grateful to dedicate the sculpture in honor of our mom and dad. Although we don’t live in Lakeland, the City has been such a huge part of our lives.”
The Wolfson family has a rich history that starts in Europe with Cy Wolfson emigrating from Russia to Ellis Island, NY and eventually settling in Lakeland as an early pioneer. He became one of the very first retail shop owners in downtown. In the 1920’s Cy and Frances Wolfson owned and operated the Famous Department Store on the south side of Munn Park. Wil is one of the four Wolfson children who grew up in Lakeland. He attended the University of Florida Pharmacy School and served his country during WWII. Wil married Elaine in 1946 and they had two children Sandra and Steve Wolfson. Wil opened his first Lakeland pharmacy in 1953.
As a way of honoring their parents, the Steve and Sandra dedicated the bronze swan sculpture by artist Ian G. Brennan. Brennan has been a contemporary sculptor and woodcarver to the British Royal Household since 1989. In the early 1950’s The Queen of England gifted a pair of Mute Swans from the Royal Flock to the City of Lakeland. The descendent swan population remains a treasure to the community today.
Join the Wolfson family at Main Street Overlook Park as they unveil the larger than life Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m.