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Sculpture Garden, Part 2: Pemaquid

August 19, 2011

Up in Maine, next to the Pemaquid Point lighthouse is a large rock formation jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. And next to this is a pebbly, rocky beach that curves into a cove.

When my family and I went here in July, visitors to the lighthouse had assembled rocks on the small beach into sculptures. Varying in height, these were nicely balanced. Many columns, some angled dramatically, and some columns in circles, a la Stonehenge. I really like the creativity here, the urge to take the stones and build something artful.

I’ve learned that these structures are called cairns, and they’ve been used for various purposes, such as landmarks and burial monuments. Also for placing on hiking trails to mark the trail to ensure that hikers are still on the correct path.

As for art installations, Andy Goldsworthy built stacks of slate to form domes in the National Gallery of Art in DC. His creation, Roof, is just outside the windows of the museum on the ground level, but some stones jut under the glass and into the museum’s lobby.

Goldsworthy has assembled many works of art from natural materials — I think their forms are incredibly beautiful.

But back to Pemaquid and the works of art by anonymous visitors:

Rock Sculptures at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Finally, the contributions created by my daughters…
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rock Sculpture at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2011 6:11 am

    That is so fun, I love it.

  2. August 19, 2011 11:00 am

    Love the photos of the rock sculptures…thanks for sharing.

  3. Eriko Tsogo permalink
    August 27, 2011 11:25 am

    Love it! what a great idea, thanks for sharing.

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