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Schoodic Sculpture Symposium

August 15, 2014

August 3 – September 14, 2014

DSCN3300The 2014 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium runs 7 days a week and is free and open to the public. The Symposium
forms an outdoor sculpture studio event, allowing people to interact with the artists and see the process from start to finish.
The location is next to US Bells Foundry, in a ball field in Prospect Harbor, ME. This i s the fifth SISS held in Maine, the longest reoccurring public outdoor sculpture Symposium in the U.S.A. The event features a large welcome tent, restrooms,
a picnic area and ample parking. Closing Ceremonies are likely to be held on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 in the afternoon (time to be determined).
Those of you who have attended one of the past four symposiums are well aware about how unique this opportunity is for visitors. You have the opportunity to speak with the sculptors and see them in action. I have been able to attend on multiple occasions during the last 4 symposiums and I must say coming back during the symposium to see the progress being made is very fun!
The following artists are participating in the symposium which is scheduled August 3 – September 10, 2014.
DSCN3296School and student information
 

Over 500 students visit the Symposium during each event thanks to the teachers and administrators that make this opportunity happen!
The closing ceremonies will most likely be held on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014. The goal is that
sculptures will be installed in their respective communities during the final week of the Symposium. Therefore, to see the sculptures in one place, it is recommended that you consider bringing school children to the site earlier on or before the closing ceremonies and also plan on a trip to the place where the sculpture will be installed in your town, so that the children can be there as the sculpture is placed.
We are hoping this way the artists will be present when the sculpture comes to your town/city, making the event even more meaningful and rich!
The exact date that each sculpture will be installed will be determined during the Symposium and is dependent on several things, including the readiness of the site to receive the sculpture. The logistics of moving the piece from Prospect Harbor to its permanent location can be tricky and delays due to equipment or weather can be frequent. All sculptures are expected to be finished by the closing ceremony date, but will remain on display at the event site until they are one by one, moved to the communities over the course of the final week.
Let us know when you are coming to the Symposium site, so we can alert the artists and assistants and engage in enhanced health and safety procedures. The artists enjoy talking to the children, and will stop work during your tour of the site.
We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact, Cathy Lewis Principal, Surry School and SISS Board Member clewis@surryschool.org.
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