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RISING Sculpture Unveiling 11/19

Savings Bank of Maine is pleased to join Nationally known sculptor and Gardiner resident, Robert Lash for the unveiling his latest work, titled RISING, at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park on Friday, November 19 at 1PM.

Commissioned by the Savings Bank of Maine as part of their generous donation for improvements to Gardiner’s Waterfront Park, RISING will stand at the Flood Tide Terrace which was designed by Landscape Architecture Firm Gates, Leighton & Associates, and sits across from the park’s boat launch.

RISING stands approximately twenty feet high, has over 300 linear feet of continuous welds, and weighs over six tons. The sculptural form is constructed of stainless steel, and rises from a cylindrical weathering steel base which incorporates two giant cast iron drive gears from the former American Tissue Mill in Augusta.  RISING is believed to be the largest piece of public art in Kennebec County, and one of the largest in Maine.

The sculpture is the artist’s interpretation of the complex and interwoven beauty of the Kennebec River and the nature that surrounds it. The curved lines of RISING echo bald eagles in flight, sturgeons leaping from the river, and the gentle curves of the Kennebec itself.  Its form evokes the past, present and future of the Kennebec River and the communities that populate its banks.

Robert Lash has been working on the project full time since April, 2010.

The unveiling ceremony is open to the public, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Amy Rees at 207-415-2021 or m34amy@yahoo.com

For more information on the Rising Sculpture please view the artist's blog: http://risingsculptureproject.blogspot.com/

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