KENNEBUNK (AP) – Photographer William Wegman, accompanied by three of his famous Weimaraner dogs, participated Thursday in the unveiling of the first of three of his murals that will adorn rest areas along the Maine Turnpike.

The photographic murals featuring Wegman’s silvery hounds are 5 feet high and 25 feet wide. Two were placed at the northbound and southbound service plazas in Kennebunk, with the third to be installed next year at a plaza to be built in West Gardiner.

The photographer, who has a summer home in Rangeley, said he plans to stop along the turnpike to view his work whenever he passes through.

The project was a cooperative venture involving the Maine Turnpike Authority, which will pay Wegman $102,000 for the three murals, and the Maine Arts Commission, which hailed the acquisition as a bargain.

“This is a tremendous success story for Maine, one which clearly and boldly sends the message to all who pass through the sites that Maine is a state that values art,” said Donna McNeil, the commission’s assistant director.


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