Sculpture to Receive Dedication at UMM Commencement

The Islands of MaineMACHIAS, ME – “The Islands of Maine,” a large-scale granite sculpture from last year's Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, will receive a formal dedication on the morning of commencement at the University of Maine at Machias, Saturday, May 15.

Created by Jhon Gogaberishvili, a sculptor from the Republic of Georgia, the Machias sculpture was part of the 2009 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, held 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 was one of only six Maine communities, and the only Washington County site, to receive a sculpture from the 2009 Symposium. The sculpture joins 12 others throughout Washington and Hancock counties.

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.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, on “College Hill,” next to UMM's Powers Hall. The Washington County Children's Chorus will perform, representatives from the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium will speak, and a reception with light refreshments will follow.

For more information, please contact Betty Kelley at (207) 255-1211.

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