Skowhegan Indian Restoration Project

Main Street Skowhegan is working with the Chamber of Commerce to provide leadership for the Skowhegan Indian Restoration Committee, which is coordinating a restoration effort scheduled late summer 2014. As of April 2014, fundraising for the sculpture’s restoration is complete! Main Street is still raising funds for landscaping improvements.

In the News
The Boston Globe July 6, 2014
Portland Press Herald July 4, 2014
WABI Channel 5 news July 1, 2014
WCSH Channel 6 news July 1, 2014
Morning Sentinel June 24, 2014
Morning Sentinel March 25, 2014
WMTW Channel 8 news March 24, 2014
WABI Channel 5 news February 25, 2014
WABI Channel 5 news January 6, 2014
Morning Sentinel January 5, 2014
WABI Channel 5 News July 10, 2013
Morning Sentinel June 11, 2013
Portland Press Herald March 13, 2013
Morning Sentinel June 7, 2010

About the Indian
The Skowhegan Indian was built in 1969 by Maine artist Bernard Langlais and stands today as the world’s tallest statue of a sculpture of an American Indian (62 foot figure on 20 foot base). The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce owns the sculpture, which is located on the edge of a parcel of land owned by the Town of Skowhegan on High Street near the corner of Madison Ave and behind the Cumberland Farms in downtown Skowhegan (see map). It is contstructed of wooden cladding attached to a steel beam set in a poured concrete base.

The Restoration
Building contractor Steve Dionne of Dionne & Son Builders is currently contracted to handle restoration work. Dionne is preceded by Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation, who assessed the structure, began restoration/stabilization work, and facilitated paint analysis. Al Hodson of Resurgance Engineering and Preservation, Inc. completed the structural analysis and Susan Buck of Williamsburg, Virginia completed the paint analysis. Since 2006, Dionne has stabilized the sculpture and moved its structurally unstable arm and weir into temporary storage. In early 2013 Steve Dionne harvested the lumber necessary for the restoration and had it sawn by Black Stream Lumber in Canaan, who delivered it back to Dionne’s property where it is currently drying. Restoration work is on schedule for late summer of 2014.

Fundraising for the Sculpture is Complete!
The Indian Restoration Committee reached their $65,000 goal in April of 2014. Of that, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce raised about $22,000 before the Indian Restoration Committee formed; the Restoration Committee has raised about $33,000 from private foundations, t-shirt sales, and fundraisers; and the Town of Skowhegan has contributed $10,000 (decided by popular vote at Town Meeting on June 10, 2013). Main Street Skowhegan convened this committee in the fall of 2012 to assist the Chamber in fundraising. To buy an Indian Restoration t-shirt or to contribute toward the sculpture’s ongoing maintenance fund, contact the Chamber.

Landscaping Improvements
Main Street Skowhegan is now raising funds to complete tree removal and landscaping improvements around the sculpture, which is estimated to cost about $13,000 based on a design donated by
Lynch Landscaping (see sketch below). These improvements include a granite bench in memoriam of Lawrence O. Sylvain, the Skowhegan area contractor who erected Langlais’s sculpture in 1969 and poured its concrete base. Funding for this bench was provided by Paul and Irene Sylvain. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation toward these landscaping improvements.

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