In response to Waterville Creates’ 2018 call for Temporary Public Art related to the theme of the Kennebec River, artists throughout the New England region submitted proposals for consideration. Artist Jesse Salisbury is one of three finalists selected to install their work in the City of Waterville from June through September 2018.
River Stone, created from a single 3 ton granite glacial erratic boulder similar in shape and surface texture to stones found in rivers that have been worn smooth by water, ice, and time. The approximately 6′ tall stone is split in half to create two halves of a large oval egg shaped form which will create two seating spaces. The forms removed from the inside of the stone will fit together into a table that will be placed between the two seating areas.
Rivers and rocks are often metaphors for time and change. Salisbury’s sculpture style often mimics the effects of water and natural forces on stone, thus creating a sculptural still life of geological time. By dividing and manipulating the forms he is making a space that people flow through and around, and thereby bringing a piece of the river into the center of town. River Stone will be installed in June 2018.