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Renderings of “Wheels” by artist Susan K. Johnson (left) and “Steel Umbrella” (right) by artists Justin O’Rourke & Margaret Jacobs. Photos courtesy Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department.

From a news release from Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department:

The AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon Recreation and Parks and the Mascoma River Greenway Coalition are partnering in a program to commission two winning artists to design, fabricate, and install public sculptural artworks for long-term display along Lebanon’s new Rail Trail. Submitting artists were encouraged to select themes related to Lebanon’s history, geography, natural environment, recreational activities, or railroad activities, and to incorporate salvaged railroad spikes.

The five-person jury convened on Saturday to judge submissions, picking projects by Susan K. Johnson (“Wheels,” shown above at left) and Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs (“Steel Umbrella”).

  • Jury comments about “Steel Umbrella” include: “The umbrella is absolutely joyful. It nods to Lebanon’s past as the City of Fountains. Its polka dots hint at the endangered spotted turtles discovered along the rail trail. It whimsically celebrates the promise of brighter days ahead. Bravo!”
  • Jury comments about “Wheels” include: “ ‘Wheels’ encapsulates Lebanon’s history in a neat bundle — from water wheels to railroads and bicycles, with subtle references to the Mascoma River and the Greenway Rail Trail.”

Winners receive $2,500 for each project, plus up to $2,000 reimbursement for materials and installation expenses.

The winning sculptures will be fabricated by June 30 and installed by mid-July, according to the news release.

That will be in time for the grand opening of the Mascoma River Greenway.

See the full news release below.