April 26, 2019
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Controversial Portland sculpture sells for $100

PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland has sold a piece of public art that created an outcry for $100.

The city paid $135,000 in 2006 for the controversial landscape sculpture called “Tracing the Fore,” located on Fore Street in the city’s Old Port. The sculpture consists of rolling stainless steel “waves” and long grass designed to evoke the flowing waters of the Fore River.

The city opted to remove the sculpture from its art collection and sell it after some nearby property owners called it dangerous, out of place and ugly.

The only bidder was a Portland company called PWM Land, which offered $100.

PWM Land manager Scott Cohen told the Portland Press Herald that the piece will be moved to a sculpture garden in another part of the city.


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