Library gives temporary sculpture permanent home

MOUNT DESERT — A three-ton granite sculpture that has stood in front of the Northeast Harbor Library on a “temporary” basis for more than a year is now a permanent fixture there.

With contributions from every member of the library’s board of directors and one anonymous donor, the library has purchased the sculpture, “Shelter Form,” by Cherryfield artist Hugh Lassen.

In the spring of 2013, Art in Public Spaces (AiPS), a Mount Desert Island non-profit organization, offered to find a suitable sculpture for exhibit on the library lawn. AiPS officials chose Mr. Lassen’s sculpture because they felt it had “the right proportions and complemented the library’s exterior angles and color,” according to an AiPS press statement.

The sculpture was to be at the library only through September 2013.

“But this changed when it became apparent how much a part of library life the sculpture was becoming,” said Charlotte Singleton, a partner in AiPS.

“Within days, local children had made it a rendezvous point and a reading perch. Children were seen practicing their musical instruments atop the work. The librarians loved to look out the windows and observe how people of all ages responded to its presence.”

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