Stone’s throw to the ferry
Rockland — Ferry Terminal Park, which has been in the works since this summer, will be officially opened Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m.
The park, on Main Street just south of the entrance to the terminal complex and also accessible via stone stairs from the parking lot, includes greenspace and crushed stone walkways, several granite tables with benches, a small stone-paved plaza and three stone-paved ovals for the display of public art.
On hand for the opening will be as many members of the City Council who can attend, representatives of Rockland Main Street, Inc. and members of the city’s arts community.
“The mayor will give remarks. We especially want to recognize the Department of Economic Development, which funded the project, and Maine D.O.T., who gave a usage agreement [for the park],” said City Manager James Smith.
The park’s plantings include a lilac tree on the north side, placed in honor of the late Rebecca Dow, who worked in the city’s code office for 25 years. On temporary display on the stone oval adjacent to the plaza is “Genesis,” a granite sculpture by Joe Auciello of Rockland. Auciello carved “Genesis” during the 2011 J.C. Stone Sculpture Symposium in Coopers Mills, and it was installed shortly thereafter outside Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery in Boothbay Harbor. The sculpture arrived in the park Oct. 10 and is a sign of things to come.
“The physical work for the park is done. Now we’re ready to work with the arts community to decide what an appropriate policy will be for displaying public art in the City of Rockland,” Smith said.
Smith said he would like to hear from members of the art community interested in being part of a working group in regards to the rotating display opportunities at the new park and elsewhere in the city. Artists interested in displaying their work also may contact him and their information will be kept in a queue.
To contact Smith about helping work out the policy or to have work considered for future display, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call City Hall at 594-0300. For more information about “Genesis” and other work by Auciello, email email@example.com.
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