Crews start Lisbon Street public art installation Thursday


LEWISTON — Digging starts Thursday morning for the base to hold Lisbon Street’s newest public arts display, Urban Rattle.

L/A Arts President Joshua Vink said his group is planning an installation ceremony for the sculpture at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, during the Lewiston-Auburn Art Walk.

“Ideally, we’d like to raise it up at that time, but I don’t know if that’s feasible or possible,” Vink said. “We have not worked that all out yet, but we will have sponsors and municipal leaders to speak to that.”

Vink said crews would begin digging the base for the sculptures at about 7:30 a.m. They’ll be pouring concrete bases there that will hold streetlight-style aluminum poles.

The seven colorful pieces that make the up the sculpture will be installed on top of the poles.

Each piece is between 8 and 9 feet tall and will be displayed in the northeast corner of the vacant lot at 163 Lisbon St., former site of Marco’s Restaurant.

“When you are coming up Lisbon Street from the direction of the Police Station or the library, you’ll be able to see it,” Vink said. “We want people to get a good view of it as they drive by.”

The installation was designed by Portland-based sculptor Charlie Hewitt. Each of the pieces is designed to represent some aspect of Lewiston’s culture, from a fleur-de-lis to Somali characters and references to artist and Lewiston native Marsden Hartley.

Vink said L/A Arts is still raising money for the project. They’ve created a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to pay for final $5,000.

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