UMM Campus Welcomes New Sculpture
MACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias campus is the new home of an impressive piece of public art. “The Islands of Maine,” a large-scale granite sculpture, was installed on the campus lawn on Thursday, November 19.
Created by Jhon Gogaberishvili, a sculptor from the Republic of Georgia, the sculpture is part of the 2009 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, held this past summer on Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. The sculpture was crafted primarily from nearby Jonesboro granite.
The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium is a biennial event that brings together artists, visitors, and communities to create a Public Sculpture Community in eastern Maine. Machias is one of only six Maine communities, and the only Washington County site, receiving a sculpture from this year’s Symposium.
Bringing the sculpture to Machias was a collaborative effort between the Town of Machias, Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Maine at Machias, as part of its Centennial Celebration. The creation and installation of the sculpture was made possible by generous donations from community members and organizations.
A formal dedication of the sculpture will be held in the spring.