ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The fourth annual Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium is well underway. Eight artists from all over the world, and two from our own state are turning boring, old rocks into artistic masterpieces.
Sculptor, Tim Shay, a Maine native is participating in his first symposium, "I [compare] it to a child playing with blocks. You still have childlike playing, you kind of rearrange everything and put it where you want it."
Shay's sculpture, once completed, will be placed on the University of Maine's Orono campus and the artist has big plans for this project or maybe it is best to say no plan. Shay decided to freehand the piece.
"I think of it as the spontaneity of creativity. It's a work of art that can't be recreated," said Shay. "There's no measurements, there's no preliminary drawings. I just go directly into the stone."
Each of the sculptures will be placed around the state, alongside the nineteen previously sculpted pieces. Some of this year's sculpture recipients are Husson University, Acadia Hospital, city of Bangor and the city of Old Town.
The public is invited to come by University of Maine's campus and watch the artists work their magic. The welcome center is open weekdays from nine to five. But the community can stop by twenty-four hours a day to see the sculptures. The symposium ends August 30th.