What does a Chuck the Monkey game have in common with public art? At the Surry Carnival in late September, fun and games spread through the school and grounds in support of a Schoodic sculpture, to be placed at the town landing next summer.
The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium chose Surry as one of six Maine towns to receive a granite sculpture created during its 2014 symposium, and residents are donating time and money toward the project.
“We’ve got a lot of people working on this,” said Pat Hollenberg, chairman of the sculpture committee. “Fifteen on the core committee, but a lot of people have volunteered.”
This was evident at the carnival, where adults and high school students ran more than a dozen games, with children trading in tickets won at the games at a tableful of prizes. The carnival also featured pony rides, a crafts table, a chili cook off and a dog show.
Darcy Winslow won the blue ribbon for her classic chili, and Tyson, a Papillon spaniel entered by Devon Grindle, won best in show.
The sculpture committee has already raised the bulk of the town’s $12,000 contribution for the Schoodic Sculpture, through a solicitation letter, said Hollenberg. The full cost of receiving a sculpture is estimated at around $45,000, with the SISS covering the remaining costs.
The sculpture will be placed at the town landing, with the exact location to be determined by the sculpture itself. Hollenberg said that residents will have a say in which of three artists will create the sculpture based on portfolios of their work.