PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A multimedia artist from Georgia with household roots in Houlton is creating an set up of three picket sculptures in Presque Isle and Houlton as a part of a nationwide path of artwork.
The works are a part of a bunch of six installations by Henry Dean to be arrange throughout America tracing the road of the 2024 photo voltaic eclipse occasion. They’re collectively titled “Now and then.”
Every set up will likely be distinctive in its celebration of the particular space’s pure setting through the use of regionally sourced wooden for the sculptures. The Presque Isle sculpture has 4 completely different wooden sorts together with birch and spruce harvested from Chapman. The art work, arrange on a tripod, is a round form with a central gap to let the daylight by way of it.
The sculpture in Presque Isle is the primary commissioned work Dean has finished in Maine. The College of Maine at Presque Isle bought it.
“I’m manifesting my perception within the unifying energy of nature, but in addition the thought of training, science and artwork being one,” stated Dean, a multimedia artist and professor of basis research at The Savannah School of Artwork and Design.
Dean describes his art work as an expression of his immersion in, and responses to, nature and humanity. One such connection occurred on Aug. 30 when the rain poured onto the sculpture because it sat outdoors of the UMPI’s South Corridor.
Dean’s work celebrates the cosmos and acknowledges that no one owns a cosmological expertise like an eclipse occasion. The sculpture installations are nodes individuals can go to to take photographs and document their experiences.
“There are constituencies and there are unifying forces, one in every of which is the trail of the shadow,” Dean stated.
U.S. Route 1, simply 8 miles north of Houlton, will likely be within the centerline of the eclipse’s umbra, which implies the entire shadow of the eclipse will cowl that space, whereas Presque Isle will see the sting of the April 2024 eclipse. The eclipse will final three minutes, Dean stated.
After Dean is completed with the Presque Isle sculpture, he’ll arrange the second a part of the Maine show in Houlton, counting the 2 areas collectively as one set up of the six unfold throughout the nation.
Chief Clarissa Sabattis of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians gave Dean permission to put in two sculptures, one every on the opposing banks of the Lowell River Bridge on the Meduxnekeag River, when she met him within the spring. The river is on the Maliseet’s reservation.
Dean’s grandfather constructed a fishing cabin on Meduxnekeag Lake. When he was a toddler, he would come from New York to go to his grandfather and make drawings and work on the lake, he stated. His household — the Putnams — had been one of many city’s authentic households.
“There’s a really experimental high quality to my work like I’m placing my work out within the setting,” Dean stated. “I really feel that my items are nearly like they’re receptors the place they’re receiving the expertise of being.”
The designs change as he works on the installations, which is pure to him as an artist. He’s at all times serious about the design of his subsequent piece.
His subsequent set up will likely be in Bloomington, Indiana.
Different installations will likely be positioned in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Vincennes, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana. The ultimate set up will likely be in Del Rio, Texas.
One in all his former college students from The Savannah School of Artwork and Design, Justin Kuhn, who lives in Asheville, North Carolina, helps Dean with the sculptures.
In 2017, Dean did a pop-up video set up with two sculptures for the eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21 titled Crescent Solar (The Moon and Her Sisters) in Elloree, South Carolina.
“The eclipse, to me what it’s saying is the cosmos is connecting us,” Dean stated.