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Monday, September 18, 2006

Sculpture Symposium at Schoodic Point

As many as eight sculptors will live and work at Schoodic Point next summer. As part of the 2007 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, they'll be invited to "sculpt massive slabs of Maine granite and basalt." The sculptures produced will be placed in towns in Hancock and Washington counties.
One sculpture will remain at the site of the symposium, the lawn of the Rockefeller Building on the 100-acre campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center.

With its miles of granite and basalt shoreline, [Steuben sculptor Jesse] Salisbury considers Schoodic Point to be the ideal backdrop for the symposium, which he hopes to stage every other year over the next 10 years. Over time, he said, the symposium site will become a public sculpture gallery that showcases Maine granite.

Salisbury sees the symposium as a curious convergence of art, history and geology. As many as 170 Maine quarries once produced the granite used in a 19th Century building boom along the East Coast. Among a long list of famous structures built with Maine granite are the Washington Monument, the Brooklyn Bridge and Grant’s Tomb. [Link]

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