Deer Isle metal smith and educator Sarah Doremus loads bundles of Ellsworth Americans and Mount Desert Islanders into her car in preparation for creating a newspaper sculpture at the Sedgwick Elementary School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Newspaper sculpture spurs school creation

SEDGWICK — Red Hook, N.Y., artist Steven Spiegel believes we humans “are the landscape” not only by our physical presence, but also by the messes we leave and what happens over time to all that material from discarded newspapers to nuclear waste. In that spirit, Spiegel creates site-specific sculptures out of compressed cans, plastic bottles and other waste that changes form with the years.

“Big, with rift,” Steven Spiegel, DeCordova Museum

Taking their cue from Spiegel’s “Big, with rift,” a towering series of stacks composed of newspaper, standing on the grounds of the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass., Sedgwick Elementary School’s fourth grade is making its own statement with 3,600 copies of The Ellsworth American and its sister newspaper, The Mount Desert Islander. Since early September, art teacher Sarah Doremus and her class have dug holes, cut rebar and mixed and poured concrete.

Fourth-graders Curtis Brown and Xavier Coombs take a break during the newspaper sculpture’s continuing installation. PHOTO BY SARAH DOREMUS

A sculptor herself, Doremus sees the project as a vehicle for her pupils to see how nature will erode and eventually erase their creation. She hopes they’ll recognize the potential of waste as a building block and learn what goes into making a newspaper.

This week, the fourth-graders began stacking the newspapers packed with stories of our readers and communities.

Letitia Baldwin

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]
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