Maine arts panel votes to move Portland artwork

Posted Nov. 18, 2010, at 3:25 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Public Art Committee says a piece of art in the city’s Boothby Square needs to find a new home.

But the committee rejected an attempt to have the sculpture, called “Tracing the Fore,” scrapped.

Some property owners around Boothby Square say the landscape sculpture with stainless steel waves is dangerous, out of place and just plain ugly.

The sculpted waves with tall-growing grass beside them was intended to represent the Fore River.

One critic says the sculpture has cost the city more than $135,000 since its 2006 installation.

Committee Chairman Jack Soley tells the Portland Press Herald a hearing will be held to look for an alternate location for the sculpture.

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