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Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 1, 2014
Castine sculpture votes are in

Eighty Castine residents voted for their favorite three Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium sculptors in March and the results are in.

Miles Chapin earned the highest score to land in first place, with Nando Alvarez coming in second and Michael Foster third, according to a news release from the Castine Sculpture Committee. These three names, in that order, were given to Jesse Salisbury, Director of SISS. SISS had hundreds of applicants from all over the world and with help from its board, gallery owners and artists, narrowed the field to seven.

Since there are seven communities that will be receiving a sculpture from this year’s symposium (Bucksport, Castine, Surry, Calais, Harrington, Jonesport and Lubec), it will be a juggling act for SISS to pair up each community with an artist. Even though Chapin, who is from Maine, came in first, SISS has explained that there is no guarantee that he will be the artist to create Castine’s sculpture. In fact, said Salisbury, “Chapin was many communities’ favorite.”

Having a vote was the idea of the local Castine Sculpture Committee, to give SISS an indication of the town’s preferences.

When complete and installed, there will be 34 of these large granite sculptures dotting the Downeast coast of Maine from Bucksport to Eastport. Visit schoodicsculp

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