Paldiski project

René Reinumäe created the copy of Adamson’s well known sculpture as a part of an art project by artist group Johnson and Johnson. The idea of the art project called Paldiski Project. The Will to Decide was to initiate a public discussion among the people of Paldiski in order to decide which Adamson’s sculpture they would prefer to see in Paldiski. The project started in the end of 2006 when artists conducted a poll among the locals. The local inhabitants were asked to choose between five sculptures: Last Sigh of a Ship (1899), Kalevipoeg and Old Hornie (1896), Anxious Waiting (1925), Youth, Passing by (1919), Kalevipoeg at the Gate of Hell (1922). The winner was the Last Sigh of a Ship - a lyrical composition of a female figure drowning in stormy waves. The project was presented to a wider public in a form of documentary film. Reinumäe modelled the larger-than-life copy in 2009 and the statue was officially opened on 19th of October 2013. More information can be found here. Due to the fact that the sculpture was unprofessionally attached to the concrete base, it was removed altogether already in November and got stored away for the years to come. Finally, in 2018, the owner of the Pakri Parun Cafe decided to place the sculpture next to his cafe on Pakri peninsula.

Last Sigh of a Ship by Amandus Adamson

Amandus Adamson was a master of decorative sculpture. Around the turn of the century, the Imperial Porcelain Factory asked Adamson to create some models for producing porcelain figures. Adamson designed altogether seven sculptures for the factory: Last Sigh of a Ship (modelled in 1899, bisque produced in 1905), Listener of Sea-sounds (1904), Single Kiss of a Wave (1905), Birth of Venus (1905), Damon (1905), Dolor (1905).

To produce the Last Sigh of a Ship was a challenge for the Imperial Porcelain Factory because it was the very first time they tried to produce a bisque sculpture of that scale - the designed model was approximately 91 cm of height. Workers of the factory managed well the whole process of production and the bisque sculpture turned out to be a very popular item on the factory product list. One bisque sculpture belongs to the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and another one belongs to the collection of Tartu Art Museum in Estonia. In 1926 Adamson used the same model of the 1899 to produce the Last Sigh of a Ship in Carrara marble. This beautiful marble statue belongs to the Estonian Museum of Art.