The 2014 Symposium represents the culmination of ten years of hard work organizing symposiums in Maine. The great sculptures produced during this event and the process leading up to the fifth symposium demonstrated how much we have all learned in a decade.
We had a diverse group of artists who created unique additions to the Sculpture Trail. We also had a wonderful group of assistants who were vital to quality of the production. Shin Ae Park and Kyoung Uk Min set a great example of how a husband and wife can work together on one piece to make it as best as possible in a short time. After spending several years as SISS interns, Matthew Foster and Miles Chapin joined this symposium as artists, creating their own large sculptures and demonstrating the vitality of the learning experience. Mark Herrington returned after participating as an artist to help with the management, logistics, and safety of the event. Jim Salisbury kept all of the 70 tons of stone moving safely and delicately so the artists could constantly work on different facets of the pieces and view the works in different positions. I coordinated with the artists and the local stone industries to find all the stones and move them quickly to the site. Once the projects were started, I focused on the construction of the site foundations, so we could complete the installations without delays. Meanwhile, Tilan Copson kept the lodging, food, documentation, and volunteer coordination running smoothly. Volunteers and board members constantly filled in to keep us well cared for and supported. Indeed, the fifth symposium worked like a well-oiled machine leaving many to comment that now, in our final iteration, we finally know how to get everything right.
I want to thank everyone who has been involved throughout the past decade as volunteers, donors, assistants, spectators, and general cheerleaders for the sculpture symposium and public art in Maine. Together we created a robust event and a public collection of sculpture in Eastern Maine, which put us on the map as leaders in Maine’s art scene.
The ending question many have is: “What’s next?” There is strong interest in keeping the energy for large sculpture and public art alive in this region of Maine, and we will evaluate options that could allow us to continue toward this goal.