Feature article on the world-famous Skowhegan Indian, a 62-foot wooden sculpture
Feature article on the world-famous Skowhegan Indian, a 62-foot wooden sculpture that looms over a sprawling downtown parking lot in Skowhegan. He is a not a chief, but a fisherman, clutching a giant fishing weir in one hand and a spear in the other. Last year, the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce hired Ronald Harvey, a professional art conservator, to inspect the local icon and estimates restoration could cost up to $20,000. The sculpture was created by Bernard "Blackie" Langlais, who accepted a $10,000 commission in 1966 to create the work. Langlais is an Old Town native who first made a name for himself as an abstract expressionist painter. A large sampling of his sculptures is on view at the Portland Museum of Art through June 9.
Sculpture, Harvey, Ronald, Langlais, Bernard
Sutherland, Amy, "Feature article on the world-famous Skowhegan Indian, a 62-foot wooden sculpture" (2002). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 1364.