Before the Wind


Artist: Matt Foster from Maine
Community: Bucksport

For this sculpture, the inspiration came from the people and the landscape of Bucksport. The residents’ sincere wish was for a sculpture for the children of Bucksport, and the generations of tomorrow. With this in mind, I created a piece that reaches back into Bucksport’s maritime history and its connection to the natural world around it.

My hope for the children is two fold; first, that they never dismiss their heritage, but instead return to it often; second, that the wind is always to their backs, propelling them forward, like a ship running before the wind. I attempted to embody the spirit of the town in the local stone, with a naturalized form and flowing arcs, and an energy and vitality generated with the balancing mass. Through abstraction, I hope that not only Bucksport’s current residents, but all of the sculpture’s visitors, will be able to connect and interact with it.