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September 10, 2013

Art project spotlights historic Rockport wharf

ROCKPORT — Historic Lumber Wharf has taken on an artistic air this summer.

It’s also taken on more lumber — with a temporary art installation that is built with lumber and will remain in place through the middle of this month.

Rob Trumbour, an artist, architect and resident of Rockport, organized a design-build workshop with a group of architecture students, who created space where residents and visitors have stopped, sat and even laid down to take in the panoramic views of the seaside town.

There are two elements to the design of the public art installation. The large one, nearest to the steps is about 14-feet by 40-feet, while a second one, nearer to the harbor is about 10-feet by 16-feet.

In partnership with the town, this temporary art installation is located on public land that falls within the new Downtown Rockport Cultural District. It was a prime spot for the town’s first-ever public fireworks show in August.

The Rockport Cultural District Facebook page has had numerous postings, and nothing but positive feedback on this project throughout the summer, said Karen Berger, who led the steering committee for the cultural district. She noted that a short video posted on the Facebook page reached more than 6,000 people in less than 48 hours.

Berger, who chairs the Town Art Committee, said the installation has proven an overwhelming success. Berger applauded town administrator Linda Sanders for her vision and approval of this project.

“First, it demonstrates Rockport’s capacity to embrace a varied vibrant and contemporary art practice,” she said. “And secondly, at any time of the day or evening, children and adults alike are drawn to the work.

“I have never seen as many visitors on Lumber Wharf as this summer,” she added. “I find myself drawn to the wharf whenever I am in town. It is a win-win project for the town.”

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