BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A sculpture that was created by an artist that lives half way across the world was unveiled today at the Bangor Waterfront.
Koichi Ogino of Japan carved and chiseled the granite sculpture while participating in the 2012 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (SISS) in Orono this past summer. According to Artistic Director of the SISS, Jesse Salisbury, the sculpture's new home at the waterfront matches Ogino's personality well. "We really liked the quality of his work and quirky sort of humorous nature and this seemed like a really nice setting for that," says Salisbury.
According to Salisbury the statue is being called Camel Country because of it's camel like bumps. It's supposed to represent three characters and their interaction with one another.
Several were on hand today for the unveiling of the Camel Country. Bangor City Council Chair, Cary Weston, is proud to be able to call his city its new home. "To have someone from half way across the world come and show his talent and share his experience and make it not only a fun, cultural and art experience, but also an educational experience with the folks at the university, adds a special touch here and we're proud to host this statue on our waterfront," says Weston.
Seven other statues from the SISS will be placed around eastern Maine including the towns of Old Town and Orono, The University of Maine, Husson University and Acadia Hospital.