Ellsworth, Maine Sculpture – “I Want to Ride a Cloud”

Installation of Public Art in Ellsworth, Maine
International Schoodic Sculpture Symposium

In 2007, Ellsworth Arts collaborated with the City of Ellsworth and the Schoodic Sculpture Symposium to install a sculpture as part of the streetscape of Downtown Ellsworth, Maine. The granite sculpture is located on State Street in a grassy triangle, a short distance from the Ellsworth Public Library on the historic Peter's Block.

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Ellsworth Arts provided educational slideshows and photographic displays showing every aspect of the sculpture’s production from selection of the stone through placement on site. Events were held introducing local and international sculptors to the community, featuring Maine’s important granite resources and the artistic process of the sculpture’s formation from the granite yard to final installation.

The sculpture encourages interaction and is scaled to fit the pedestrian friendly sidewalks of Downtown Ellsworth. The sculpture tells a story, unique to each who visit it to touch the sculpted rough texture of the granite or the smooth surface of the basalt figure. With arms uplifted to a cloud above the the gracefully curved roof, for many residents of the Peter's block and the many visitors who frequent the Ellsworth Public Library, this sculpture has become a symbol of hope and optimism.

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上村 成弘 Narihiro Uemura

The sculpture was created at the 2007 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium by Narihiro Uemura of Japan, a graduate of the Osaka Art University Sculpture Department. He has participated in several symposia and his work is represented in Japan, Bulgaria and the United States.

He writes, "I used the granite that supports the American continent to make a sculpture. If you look at my sculpture from the perspective of the planet it is merely a chip of stone, but I hope it will become an image that lives on in the minds of the people."

For more information on the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium