One heavy tome

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jun 17, 2014
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Stone carver Joe Auciello stands next to his latest sculpture, commissioned by Rockland Public Library Endowment Association and Friends of the Rockland Public Library.

Rockland — In the age of Kindle, the sight of a big, heavy book is becoming rare. That cannot be said on the lawn of Rockland Public Library, where a book weighing thousands of pounds arrived June 17.

The sculpture, commissioned by Rockland Public Library Endowment Association and the Friends of the Rockland Public Library and executed by city stone carver Joe Auciello, is sited on the bottom of the lawn, in full view of Union Street, fulfilling its mission to bring more visibility to the library.

What is clearly visible from first glance is the similarity between the stone of the sculpted book and the stone that is part of the original, Carnegie-funded, portion of the library. The sculpture was carved over the course of two months from a 5,800-pound piece of Jonesboro Red, the same granite found on the original library building.

Auciello did the work in his studio at Sharp’s Point South, carving “Rockland Public Library” and upper corners into the cover and compressed pages on the open end of the book. His initials and the year, 2014, are sandblasted down on the bottom of the spine.

“I’m particularly proud of the pages,” he said.

In addition to the commissioning organizations, which will schedule a dedication at a future date, a number of local businesses donated goods and services to the project, some at the last minute; Ferraiolo Construction took the call from Auciello and showed up with two yards of cement on the day of installation.

Other contributions that completed the project included George C. Hall & Sons, excavation; E.L. Spear Lumber, rebar and insulation; Prock Marine, delivery; Rockland Marine, sandblasting, and Rockport Steel, stainless rods.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 18, 2014 11:44

F.M. - It is impossible to juggle well when they keep switching the balls.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 18, 2014 09:34

Guess you dropped the ball on this one, Maggie.



Posted by: Andrew Reichline | Jun 17, 2014 23:38

Midcoast Maine is fortunate to have a person with the creativity and talent of Joe Auciello. Congratulations Joe! -Andrew Reichline and Sally Landsburg



Posted by: Alice Newbert | Jun 17, 2014 22:30

Beautiful work Joe!!



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 17, 2014 19:21

The library was not only visible, but beautiful and beautiful in its setting.  This is akin to putting a hat on the Venus dd Milo.  Did this project require City Council approval?  It should have.



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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional, for almost 30 years and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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