Belfast’s second Rangeways marker will be installed on Saturday, October 1 at 1pm at Upper Bridge East, just off the Kaler Road. Waterfall Arts invites all to attend this public art event where the very large natural stone marker, harvested and split at the Four Fossils Granite Inc quarry in Vinalhaven, will be moved into place by a boom truck accompanied by short dedication remarks. Drive, walk, row, paddle, bike or sail on over – rain or shine.
The first rangeway marker was installed at the Allyn Street shore access path in November 2010. Belfast has seventeen public shore access points or paths, often referred to as rangeways. The marker project is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Waterfall Arts, with funding from the NLT Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and the Davis Conservation Fund, in conjunction with the City, the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, Maine Birding Trail, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Pedestrian, Hiking, and Biking Committee. Key also to the success of the project has been the input and collaboration with the neighborhood of each rangeway.
The design for these public art installations was developed by Stockton Springs artist Douglas Coffin, who is one of the few traditional stone letter cutters in the country. Coffin felt that a simple approach tying all the rangeways and rights of way together was best. He feels that the split stone “gate” suggests “walking from the present into the past, through these ancient rangeways, through the stone that Belfast is built on, from land towards the water that Belfast first thrived on.”
Waterfall Arts, Belfast’s non-profit arts center located at 256 High Street is dedicated to creating community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts. For more information on the Rangeways project, art classes, exhibitions, residencies, studio rentals and events, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222