Rockport Texas Big Blue Crab

Rockport’s iconic Big Blue Crab has been around for decades and managed to survive other hurricanes, but in just one night, Harvey took down our beloved landmark.

The larger than life Big Blue Crab statue had graced the entrance
to Texas’ only “Blue Wave” beach at Rockport for generations. It
was the symbol of the friendliness of its people and their abiding
concern for the aquatic environment of the Rockport-Fulton
vacation spot.

Red Star Studio’s Joe Barrington is the unanimous choice of Keep Aransas County Beautiful’s (KACB) Blue Crab Committee as the
sculptor to bring the iconic “Big Blue Crab” back to welcome
residents and visitors alike to Rockport. Barrington’s impressive
art can be seen throughout Texas and the United States.

When completed, the new Big Blue Crab statue will rest in a
meditation garden of memorial paver bricks, each engraved to
reflect the generosity of donors and to memorialize our lives,
family members and loved ones.

Link to purchase your Big Blue Crab Memorial Brick 

Help us bring back our Big Blue Crab!


Projected Cost to Complete Entire Project
  $135,000    Joe Barrington,  Artist
     $20,000    Installation & Signage, Brick Memorial, LED Lighting, Benches, etc
  $155,000    Total

Joe Barrington Draw Schedule
   $40,000    1st Draw Paid to Joe Barrington December 2019
   $40,000    2nd Draw Due to Joe Barrington September 2020
   $55,000    Final Draw Due to Joe Barrington December 2020
$135,000    Total to Joe Barrington to Complete Project

Blue Crab Bank Account as of 5/6/2020
   $72,626.35    Total in Blue Crab Bank Account as of 5/6/2020
      $8,250.00     Pledges
   - $5,713.28      Less Donor Brick Costs for Brick Fundraiser 

Outstanding Funds Needed for Sculpture and Landscaping
  $19,836.93    Outstanding Balance Needed for Final Draft to Joe Barrington
  $20,000.00    Outstanding Funds Needed to Installation 
  $39,836.93     Grand Total Needed to Complete Project


  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Sally Sparages 
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • david Herring 
    • $100 
    • 10 mos
  • Martha & Todd Pearson 
    • $100 
    • 11 mos
  • Bill Burge 
    • $500 
    • 12 mos
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Fundraising team (2)

Don Aboff 
Raised $325 from 4 donations
San Antonio, TX
Keep Aransas County Beautiful, Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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Kathy Cima 
Team member
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