PORTLAND, Maine — A New York artist is looking for old fishing line — a million feet of it — from Maine lobstermen for a huge sculpture that will be put on display in a New York City park.
The Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation has been contacting lobstermen in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to collect 7/16-inch rope that would otherwise be dumped.
Project coordinator Laura Ludwig says artist Orly Genger will weave the fishing line into a sculpture at a park in Manhattan.
Genger makes giant, knotted rope sculptures and used old Maine lobster line for another exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Ludwig says she’ll buy the rope for 50 cents a pound and needs it by June. Lobstermen can get information from the foundation’s Facebook page.