Japanese Artist to Create Public Art for Blue Hill Waterfront

BLUE HILL — The public artwork to be installed in downtown Blue Hill took a step closer to completion recently when Hitoshi Tanaka of Japan was selected to create the sculpture that will adorn the waterfront-situated Horton Emerson Park on Water Street.

Tanaka is participating in the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, an artist in residency program that brings sculptors from Maine and around the world to the Schoodic Peninsula, where they spend six weeks creating a piece of public art from Maine granite.

Sculptures created by the visiting artists become part of the symposium’s collection located in communities throughout the region. This year, Blue Hill is one of six participating communities that will receive a sculpture.

Organizations and individuals in Blue Hill are raising money to help cover the cost of the symposium.

Mindy Marshuetz, chairman of the local committee organizing the town’s participation in the symposium, said the local fund-raising target is $12,000.

She said Tanaka was the committee’s first choice to create a sculpture for Blue Hill, and the committee is planning events to introduce the artist to Blue Hill.

“We are arranging events for him to get to see the community,” she said. “We’re hoping his work is inspired by the town. He can visualize the community and it will influence the work he will do, which will give us a better sculpture, a more representative sculpture of the community.”

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James Straub

Reporter at Ellsworth American
Former Ellsworth American reporter James Straub covered the towns on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. He lives in Brooklin.