When you live in a place like Maine (and there are quite a few places like this around the country and around the world) it's a good thing when you hit upon something you like to do that also earns you a living and makes it worth getting up in the morning. We should all be so lucky.
Sculpture is a tough medium. You're working with nature for the most part, or nature reinvented. Stone, wood, metal, sand, ice. Sometimes your medium is a 'forever' medium and sometimes it's gone with the wind or the rain.
Here are a few places in Maine to see sculpture on a massive scale. Along your travels I suggest stopping into the little out-of-the-way shops to pick up some Maine sculpture of your own. Small pieces abound in craft, jewelry and other hidden shops. Or, if you brought the truck, pick up a couple of these to take home!
|Mushroom sculpture at Stemwinder Sculpture Gardens|
|Andre the seal - Rockport Harbor|
From the book of the same name! Check out the granite sculpture of the famed harbor seal in Rockport.
|Crow sculpture at Gilsland Farm Audubon|
Looking for a relaxing walk in the woods, along the shore and through the fields? The Gilsland Farm Audubon Center is only 20 minutes from here, straight down Rt 1.
|Crystal ball at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens|
|Rebar fox at CMBG|
|Buck at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens|
The 'crystal' ball sculpture is along the river trail on the way to the fairy house garden. Sculptures in a variety of media are scattered throughout the gardens. It's easier to see them in the spring before you're distracted by all the flowers! Don't forget to keep an eye out on the drive in. There are animal sculptures keeping watch over the road, looking down from rock outcroppings.
And let's not forget the kitschy sculptures...
|LL Bean boot sculpture|
|Pieces of the Berlin Wall on Long Wharf in Portland|
|Lobster Kong on Long Wharf in Portland|
And, some local sculptures from Sebastian Meade.These cool robots are made with recycled whatnot! See if you can pick out the different components... (Follow more Acts of Random Art here.)
For more places to see outdoor sculpture in Maine, check out the article from the Portland Press Herald that got me started! Maine Sculpture Tour Then get in the car and go!
|Your intrepid blogger|
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