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 Lisa Link is one of three finalists selected to install their work in the City of Waterville from June through September 2018.
Link’s work is a new print series exploring the activism, history, and challenges surrounding the clean-up of the Kennebec River and her installation will be sited along a section of the Quarry Road Trails near Messalonskee Stream. Lisa Link’s photo-based work combines both contemporary and historic images layered with text gathered from research and personal interviews. Link’s work focuses on political and social issues and is grounded in community collaboration. Inspired by the people past and present who are committed to dramatically improving conditions for the Kennebec River, this project honors their stories and is intended to spark discussion of environmental issues, and “swimming upstream” in the face of new challenges to our nation’s waterways.