Banded Poles/Freedom Mill School, 2013, Collection of the Freedom Mill School, Freedom, ME

Juggler 1/Banded Study, 2013, acrylic on wood,
28" x 25" x 18"

Banded Poles/Freedom Mill School, 2013,
acrylic on wood, 8' x 8' x 16'.
Freedom Mill School Collection, Freedom, ME.

Juggler 2/Banded Study, 2013,
acrylic on wood, 22" x 19" x 12"

Juggler 3/Banded Study, 2013,
acrylic on wood, 28" x 28" x 20"

Freedom Mill School

Freedom, Maine

My studio is located in the village center of Freedom, ME. Across the street is a beautiful old mill that had fallen into disrepair. The Mill at Freedom Falls was built by John True in 1834 as a gristmill on Sandy Stream and functioned as an industrial site for 133 years. I had heard for years that the mill contained racks and piles of turned wooden dowels that had been manufactured in the old mill. Several years ago, the building was purchased and a beautiful restoration begun in 2012. The building is now home to a school, an office and a restaurant. I approached the owner and developer to create a sculpture for the school dining room ceiling. I proposed a suspended sculpture of colorfully banded wooden dowels that would utilize the ash and maple turned dowels the owner had set aside as products of the old mill. The students now dine under this array of brightly colored dowels manufactured in the same space as their classrooms over 45 years earlier.