BLUE HILL, Maine — Internationally renowned sculptor Hitoshi Tanaka arrives in Blue Hill on July 31 from his home in Japan, and will stay in Blue Hill until August 2 before joining the 2011 Schoodic International Sculptor Symposium (SISS). This biennial internationally recognized symposium brings sculptors to the Schoodic area of Acadia National Park to create pubic art out of Maine granite for placement in towns all along the Downeast Coast. This yearâ€™s symposium, the third of five, will take place from August 2 through September 14 at Prospect Harbor. After approval by the Blue Hill Selectman in July of 2010 to apply, Blue Hill was chosen as one of 6 towns to participate in this summerâ€™s symposium.
Mr. Tanaka was selected to create a granite sculpture for Blue Hill that will embrace the personality, uniqueness and character of the town. After completion it will be located in Horton-Emerson Park on Water Street. The Blue Hill Committee of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (BH-SISS) comprises individuals who reflect the diversity of the community. Members have been meeting since June of 2010 and have planned an educational and inspirational 3 day visit for Mr. Tanaka.
As part of his visit Mr. Tanaka will be guided on a tour of the harbor and coastline by Denny Robertson on a lobster boat owned by Donna and Yvan Dupuy. He will enter the town from the water at the new town wharf and experience a historical walking tour of Blue Hill by Lynne Clark. Heâ€™ll also visit Blue Hill quarries, see Blue Hillâ€™s mountain and have time to himself after experiencing the town to reflect on the sculpture he will be creating.
An opportunity has also been planned for the community to meet Hitoshi on Monday August 1 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Come to Horton-Emerson Park to learn more about him, his work, see the location for the sculpture and find out more about the Symposium. If weather is inclement this event will move to the Carriage House behind the Holt House on Water Street.
For any additional information or to support the sculpture with a donation please contact Mindy Marshuetz at 374-3858. For more information about SISS visit www.schoodicsculpture.org
Contact Name: Mindy Marshuetz
Telephone Number: (207)374-3858