Public sculpture panelists sought

MOUNT DESERT — Town officials here are looking for a few civic-minded art lovers to help identify possible locations for an outdoor sculpture to be created as part of the 2014 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (SISS).

The panel also will be asked to identify potential sources of funding for the sculpture’s creation and installation.

The community’s share of the $40,000 total cost would be $12,000. The SISS would cover the rest, with some of its share coming in the form of in-kind contributions of material and labor.

The SISS is held every two years at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) in Winter Harbor. For each session, six artists from around the world are selected to create granite sculptures on the SERC campus. The sculptures are then permanently installed in public spaces in communities along the Downeast coast.

So far, sculptures have been placed in 19 locations from Deer Isle to Eastport. One sculpture is in Barker Park in Bar Harbor; another is in front of the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

Jesse Salisbury, art director for the SISS, told the Mount Desert board of selectmen recently that he is talking with eight communities about providing a site and partial funding for a sculpture to be created at the symposium that will be held in the summer of 2014. He said sculptures would be awarded to six communities based on their level of enthusiasm for the project and the site selected for the sculpture.

“Communities will have committees to help select their site, raise money and decide which of the six artists they would like to work with,” Salisbury said.

The selectmen voted to ask community members to volunteer for Mount Desert’s committee. Anyone interested in serving should contact town manager Durlin Lunt.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]