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Outdoor Sculpture

Maine has plenty of outdoor art, sitting in public squares and tucked into rural gardens. Here’s how to find some:

Check out Portland

Maine’s biggest city includes a classic, 1888 bronze sculpture of Maine-born poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The work, by Franklin Simmons, sits in Longfellow Square. A few blocks away, Oscar-winning director – and Portland native – John Ford is featured in his own bronze sculpture, this one from 1998. The sculpture by George Kelly sits in Gorham’s Corner, close to where Ford’s father owned a pub. The David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park at the Portland Museum of Art opened in 2017 and includes works by artists such as Jonathan Borofsky, Celeste Roberge and Anthony Caro.

Look for Langlais

Maine artist Bernard Langlais is best known for his wry, witty and sometimes massive wooden sculptures. See them at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve, site of his former home in Cushing. The town of Skowhegan also has a trove of Langlais sculpture on display outdoors, including the 62-foot Skowhegan Indian, erected in 1969.

Visit Rockland

Outdoors at the Farnsworth Art Museum, you can enjoy one of renowned artist Robert Indiana’s famed ‘Love’ sculptures in the garden and check out his flashy ‘EAT’ sign mounted on the roof. The whimsical sign was created by Indiana for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. At the nearby Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Jonathan Borofsky’s “Digital Man” sculpture gets a central role.

Art in the Garden

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has a permanent collection of contemporary sculpture in both the main and children’s sections. In Augusta, the Viles Arboretum has a trail also featuring contemporary sculpture.

Art of the Sea in Bath

Bath, one of Maine’s longtime shipbuilding centers, has two sculptures inspired by the ocean. The Maine Maritime Museum hosts a gigantic outdoor work of the ‘Wyoming,’ the largest wooden sailing ship built in North America. It was launched at the shipyard once operated at the museum’s location. William Zorach’s 1962 sculpture and fountain ‘Spirit of the Sea’ is the star of Bath’s City Park.

On the Trail of Art

The Maine Sculpture Trail, created by the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, includes 34 large granite pieces in towns and cities 200 miles apart in eastern and Downeast Maine.

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  • The Rufus Porter Museum celebrates the life and times of a remarkably creative American genius who worked throughout Maine, New England, and beyond.

    Phone: (207) 647-2828

    Website: www.rufusportermuseum.org

    Address: 121 Main Street , Bridgton

    History and Maritime Art and Craft Museums
  • Artisan gallery featuring locally handcrafted fine crafts.

    Phone: 207-439-4209

    Website: justuschickens.net

    Address: 15A State Road , Kittery

    Art and Craft
  • Snow Pond Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit, located on a 40-acre campus along the shores of Lake Messalonskee in Central Maine. Snow Pond is a community center and home to the New England Music Camp, Snow Pond Music Festival.

    Phone: 844-476-6976

    Website: www.snowpond.org

    Address: 8 Goldenrod Lane , Sidney

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  • Maine's largest Year-round Farmers Market Open 9-2 Saturday. Maine Made Products from 70+ Farmers, Bakers, Artisans, Prepared Foods, Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, Lobster Rolls, Herbal & CBD, Juice Bar. Offering event rooms from 2700 - 7500 sf.

    Phone: 207-218-7005

    Website: www.belfastmarket.com

    Address: 18 Spring St. , Belfast

    Farm Stands and Farmer's Markets Art and Craft Performing Arts
  • Oil paintings of the landscape

    Phone: 207.266.3393

    Website: www.rscottbaltz.com

    Address: 46 parker farm road , Mount Desert

    Galleries and Studios Art and Craft
  • Maine made unique gifts featuring Isle au Haut theme and culture.

    Phone: 207-335-2244

    Website: www.maineshoreshopgifts.com

    Address: 342 Main Road , Isle au Haut

    Gifts Galleries and Studios Art and Craft

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