What would otherwise have been a utilitarian pump house was transformed by the artist Jackson Lambert into a fanciful and nearly three-dimensional graphic history of Provincetown, rendered like mosaic tiles on masonry blocks. This delightful public artwork serves as a memorial to Douglas Trumbo, a paramedic who was described by Kevin Mullaney in The Banner as “very much the face of the Provincetown Rescue Squad.” It is also a memorial to Lambert, a sly and witty artist whose paintings and drawings are well known to Provincetown insiders but little known to visitors — except in this moment of happy grace. The installation was the work of Napi Van Dereck, the proprietor of Napi’s, across the street, with which Lambert was very much involved.
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