Monday, March 8, 2010

On Westbrook Middle School's Public Art

Sometime after ice-out this spring, Portland artist Aaron Stephan will hop in a
truck with a buddy and travel north to Moosehead Lake and the headwaters of the
Kennebec River.They will scavenge for old-growth logs left over from the logging
boom, buried in the mud in the depths below the surface. Hundreds of years ago,
these trees were felled and prepared for transport, but were lost before making
their way downriver. Masked from the light above, the heavy maple logs are
preserved at the bottom of the lake. Stephan aims to raise a bunch of them for
his latest art project, "RE: turn," at the newly opened Westbrook Middle School.
A Web site featuring Stephan's work (including one of my favorite pieces of public art, LIFT) can be seen here.

- John C.L. Morgan

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