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Robin Hood sculpture brings classic tale to Rockport Library

By Piper Pavelich | May 31, 2021
Photo by: Piper Pavelich Artist Jon Moro talks about his latest sculpture, Robin Hood, at the Rockport Library.

Rockport — The Rockport Public Library welcomed artist Jon Moro to host a program about the creation of his newest sculpture, Robin Hood, on Saturday morning, May 29.

This program saw many familiar faces, as locals ranging from elementary school students to adults came to hear about the story of Robin Hood and the making of Moro’s sculpture.

The program was held in the lower level of the library, located at 1 Limerock St. Robin Hood is currently on display in the children’s room, and will be moved to Leslie Curtis Designs at 8 Bay View St. in Camden in the coming weeks. Other works by Moro can also be found at Leslie Curtis Designs.

Moro, 40, is a Rockport native with a passion for wood carving, painting, and portraying the unique and creative expressions of the body through his art. He has been sculpting wooden figures for more than 20 years. His sculptural work focuses mainly on humans, ranging from small figures to life-size pieces. Moro says he enjoys making people that are heroic and important in some sense.

Moro built the approximately 3 1/2-foot Robin Hood sculpture over the course of three months. He did a tremendous amount of research on Robin Hood by studying the figure's movements and personality through movies and books. Moro says he had to do significant studying of the motions of using a bow and arrow, and even used pictures of himself mimicking this action to help create Robin Hood.

Moro uses multiple blocks of wood to create sculptures of this size, keeping them together with clamps, wood adhesive, and screws. He uses an angle grinder to carve and shape the wood.

“Believe it or not, I can only work for about two hours at a time because after that I start losing my edge, I don’t feel quite as sharp, and I’ve learned that if I try to do too much in one day, I’ll end up doing something that I wish I hadn’t done,” said Moro.

He uses a Dremel tool with a few different attachments to carve the details of the sculpture, such as facial features and hands. To achieve a satisfying green color for the clothing, Moro says he had to mix multiple different green paints together. He studied the clothing that people were known to wear during the period Robin Hood may have existed, and the clothing seen in Robin Hood movies, and took inspiration from the colors seen on that clothing.

Moro says he loved the wanted posters seen in Robin Hood stories and movies, and he incorporated a wanted poster into this sculpture by creating one to function as the base.

“Robin Hood is this eternal symbol of the common man standing up against power and evil and injustice. He’s also a symbol of hope, of standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves,” the artist explained.

He goes on to say there are people in everyone’s lives, whether you are an adult or a child, who do not have it as well as others and are in need of a Robin Hood.

“As adults, I think oftentimes the lesson that I’ve found is that we shoulder a lot of responsibility, whether it’s financial, having kids, grandkids, an intense job, and yet sometimes we forget how to have fun. We forget that fun should still be a part of our lives,” said Moro.

Robin Hood is currently on sale for $4,500. Moro can be contacted through his website jmoroart.com.

Piper Pavelich is an intern this summer at The Camden Herald.

Local artist Jon Moro created this sculpture of the legendary Robin Hood. (Photo by: Piper Pavelich)
Artist Jon Moro reads a book about Robin Hood Saturday at the Rockport Library. (Photo by: Piper Pavelich)
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