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Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 28, 2014
Sculpture symposium provides family outing

Artist’s sketch of Schoodic sculpture

A sketch of what Castine’s finished Schoodic sculpture will look like.

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On Sunday, August 10, several Castine families took a road trip to the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium site in Prospect Harbor. While there, children and parents had the opportunity to meet Castine’s sculptor, Bob Leverich, and see the stones selected for his work as well as for the six other sculptures destined for communities across Downeast Maine.

Organized by the Castine Sculpture Committee, the trip allowed the youth of Castine an opportunity to witness the beginning of the process that will shape those stones into public art to be installed in Castine and other selected communities in mid-September, according to a news release. Castine’s Adams School is planning a field trip to the Schoodic Symposium in early September that will allow students to experience the end of the sculpting process.

Volunteers from Castine staff the symposium site every Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the symposium and donate lunches on those days for all the sculptors and their assistants.

The 2014 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium runs seven days a week and is free and open to the public. The Symposium forms an outdoor sculpture studio event, allowing people to interact with the artists and see the process from start to finish. The location is next to US Bells Foundry, in a ball field in Prospect Harbor. This is the fifth SISS held in Maine, the longest reoccurring public outdoor sculpture symposium in the country. The event features a large welcome tent, restrooms, a picnic area and ample parking. More information is available at {schoodicsculpture.org}http://www.schoodicsculpture.org).

Artist’s sketch of Schoodic sculpture

A sketch of what Castine’s finished Schoodic sculpture will look like.

Photo by Anne Berleant
A work in progress

The Castine Schoodic sculpture is being hewn from granite daily at the Schoodic Symposium in Prospect Harbor. A visit on Sunday, August 17—a “quiet day” at the site—shows the beginnings of the sculpture created by Robert Leverich of Washington. The symposium site, located on the ball field next to the US Bells foundry on Route 186, is open daily through September 10. Placement of the finished sculpture on the Wilson Museum site follows.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Schoodic sculptor Bob Leverich

Sculptor Bob Leverich shows Morgan Davis his work on one of the stones for Castine’s sculpture at the Schoodic Symposium on August 10.

Photo by Anne Berleant