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Sculpture removed from Rockland park, to go mobile

By Stephen Betts | Oct 12, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Chris Gamage moves his sculpture "Common Cents" from the Ferry Terminal Park in Rockland to the back of his truck.

Rockland — A sculpture that was on display at the city's Ferry Terminal Park for three weeks without municipal approval has now taken its message on the road.

Artist Chris Gamage of Rockland removed his bronze sculpture "Common Cents" from the park Sunday evening, Oct. 11. The 300-pound piece of art was moved to the back of his pick-up truck.

Gamage said he would be keeping the sculpture visible and mobile for the next few weeks in the back of his truck.

Gamage and some of his friends placed his 300-pound art work in the back of a pickup truck and put it at the park Sept. 22.

Gamage said time was of the essence, and he did not want to go through the red tape it would take to try to get formal approval for his piece "Common Cents."

Gamage likened the placement of the sculpture to placing a political sign on public property such as traffic islands.

The genesis of his sculpture came five to six years ago, saying he wanted to point out the lack of common sense in the world. He said when President Trump was elected, he felt things were getting even crazier, and he knew what he would create.

Construction of the sculpture has been ongoing since February 2018.

He said he had to pick up the pace, because election day was nearing.

The 300-pound aluminum sculpture is a coin set in concrete. The side facing Main Street has a caricature silhouette of President Trump. On that side is a quote from American Revolution activist Thomas Paine "O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth."

On the other side are the words "Common Cents," "Common Decency" and "Common Courtesy."

Gamage created the art work in his studio, Bog Bronze.

"My work until now has been personal, not political, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m not a political person but now is the time if you have something to say you better say it," he said.

The city manager contacted Gamage late last week and said the sculpture needed to go through a proper review process before being placed in on a city-owned park.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Sam Charlton | Oct 13, 2020 12:06

We had the pleasure of visiting the sculpture and discovering that the coin was on a base which allowed it to rotate so that both sides were seen. Thank you, Mr. Gamage, for sharing your most timely work of art with the community.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Oct 12, 2020 10:02

Speaking of true words: On November 3rd remember well the 18 words of Thomas Paine and the words Common Sense, Common Decency and Common Courtesy. VOTE!!!! Vote like the future and freedom of you, your family and your nation depend on it. They do!!!! Stand forth.

Posted by: Gayle Murphy | Oct 12, 2020 08:42

The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, was never more true!


John Murphy

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