ix-Xlukkajr” stands as a solemn reminder of Marsaxlokk’s tragic loss of Joseph in an incident at work. Marsaxlokk, a quaint fishing village nestled in the South-East of Malta, was the hometown of Joseph, where he was fondly remembered as ‘ix-Xlukkajr’.
The memorial, a single monolith, is sculpted in the image of the boats that rest in the port of Marsaxlokk, bearing the weight of symbolic meaning. A cylindrical subtraction on the front represents the void left in the hearts of those who knew him. The metal, left raw and unadorned, speaks of Joseph’s genuine nature. Perforations along the sides, transmitting the light from within the sculpture, evoke the warmth and energy of the man who is no longer with us.