Public art to be unveiled Saturday

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WESTBROOK —  After receiving a $50,000 grant from the Warren Memorial Foundation for public art, Westbrook Arts & Culture is ready to unveil the city’s first public art installation downtown.

The group will unveil “Cascade,” a sculpture by Vermont sculpter Miles Chapin, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Vallee Square. Inspired by Saccarappa Falls at the nearby Presumpscot River, the artwork is carved from a 26,000 pound block of salt and pepper granite quarried in Maine, according to Caren-Marie Michel, of Westbrook Arts & Culture.

“We felt his experience and the general concept design piece suited what we were looking for and rose to the top of the list of finalists. We had many good finalists. It was a difficult decision,” Michel said.

Chapin, who was born in Maine, has connections to the Westbrook area and graduated from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Other work of his is displayed at the Brunswick Station Visitors Center and the village green in Calais.

Michel said she hopes this is the first of several public art pieces in the city. The group was formed in 2008 to vitalize Westbrook “by supporting the city’s cultural assets, integrating arts and culture into community life and showcasing Westbrook as a great place to live and visit.”

This Saturday, Westbrook Arts & Culture is set to unveil Miles Chapin’s “Cascade,” seen here as a prototype. The piece will be located at Vallee Square and be the first sculpture piece in downtown Westbrook. (File photo)