ORONO, Maine — Eight internationally known sculptors are putting the finishing touches on their work this week as the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium enters its final days in the University of Maine’s Steam Plant parking lot.
The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, Aug. 30, when a closing ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the site. Seven of the finished sculptures will be on display before they are moved to their permanent locations in Bangor and Orono. Old Town’s sculpture, created by Ton Kalle, is scheduled to be relocated earlier this week to its new home in Riverfront Park.
SISS, which has been held this year in partnership with UMaine, has had thousands of visitors to the site since the symposium opened July 22. The fourth symposium since 2007, this year has been the first time it has been held outside the Schoodic region of the Maine coast.
SISS brought eight sculptors from Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Taiwan, New Zealand and Maine to Orono for the six-week event. Each sculptor was paired with one of the participating community partners — the University of Maine, the University of Maine Foundation, Husson University, Acadia Hospital, the town of Orono and the cities of Bangor and Old Town — to create a sculpture for a site chosen by each partner’s committee.
Volunteers from each of the seven SISS partners have staffed the site each day. Each partner group has done its own fundraising for its participation in SISS, and donations still are being accepted. For information, email the following representatives:
Acadia Hospital: Lynda Rohman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Bangor: Judy Boothby, email@example.com.
Husson University: Julie Green, firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Old Town: James Dufour, email@example.com.
Town of Orono: Lianne Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Maine: Janet Waldron, email@example.com.
University of Maine Foundation: Judith Round, firstname.lastname@example.org.