Dear Sun Spots: I have two questions:

Recently I was at L.L. Bean in Freeport. Out back in the parking lot and on the main street in front were these large globes hanging from trees that were lighted. Where can they be purchased?

Secondly, where can I send a letter to Alan Jackson? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: L.L.Bean commissioned a series of lighting sculptures by renowned artist and sculptor Pandora LaCasse. The display includes 51 pieces throughout the L.L. Bean retail campus. In addition, Bean contributed sculptures for six locations along Main Street. Thanks to Jim at the L.L. Bean Information Desk in Freeport for getting Sun Spots in touch with the artist!

Sun Spots had the pleasure of talking with LaCasse of Portland who says you’ll not find her unique artwork on the shelf in a store. Pandora’s work is created after she talks with the person seeking the installation and looks at the site where the work is to be displayed.

“I really look at the color, form, light,” she says. “Each is unique to its space. I think of it as creating a little oasis.”

You can find her work installed in several areas of Portland as well as in Freeport, some private installations as well as on Great Diamond and Peaks islands and in Cape Elizabeth. In addition to LaCasse’s usual light display around Deering Oaks pond this year, she designed a special display for the 100-year-old so-called Candelabra Tree near the the park’s rose circle, where High and State streets meet Forest Avenue.

The tree is believed to be Maine’s largest pin oak and is on the state’s Big Tree List. It is 85 feet tall and has a canopy spread of 99 feet.

LaCasse’s design features 12 candle-like forms and strings of lights that accentuate the spreading branches.

LaCasse is a local sculptor and part-time teacher at Maine College of Art. She has taught sculpture and 3-D design at the college and at the University of Southern Maine. She designs sculptural lighted forms for the downtown Portland’s fanciful holiday light displays as well as those in Freeport. She teaches a figure class at the Maine College of Art in Portland in the spring and fall one semester focusing on the head, the other the torso. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]

Regarding your second question, try writing to Jackson at P.O. Box 121945, Nashville, TN 37212-1945.

Dear Sun Spots: Our church has very old stained glass windows and they are in need of some repairs. I am in hopes that you or your readers may know someone who has some experience in fixing them. Our church is located in Dixfield, and the church number is 562-4582. If anyone is interested, please call this number and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. Thank you very much. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, try contacting Maine Art Glass, 51 Main St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252, (207) 353-6700 or toll free: 1-888-781-6700 or via e-mail at [email protected] com or via their Web site at

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