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LOCATION: 121 Crockett Ridge Rd, Norway

DISTANCE: 4 miles of mountain biking trails, 1/2 mi. ADA

DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate



   

SHEPARD'S FARM
PRESERVE

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Bernard Langlais Works Installed

 

In a decided rain on July 11th, Bernard Langlais’s “Painted Horse” and “Painted Cow” traveled from Langlais’s studio in Cushing Maine to Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway. The two large wooden sculptures, completed in the mid-1970s, are amongst the pieces that have been donated to the Western Foothills Land Trust by The Kohler Foundation, Colby College, and the estate of Bernard Langlais. The large horse and cow, which have received considerable attention from art conservators sponsored by the Kohler Foundation, are magnificent in scale and seem right at home in their new location.

 

This fall, six tall Langlais sculptures from the same era— “Owl,” “Cat,” “Birds,” “Bird Houses,” “Bird in Flight,” and “Mrs. Noah”— were installed in the undulating landscape of Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve off Crockett Ridge Road. These inspiring pieces round out the collection of Langlais works at Roberts Farm.

 

The Trust would like to thank Eliza Beghe, Harriet Mosher, and Eliza Walton for assisting the selection process; Scott Berk, Diana Arcadipone, and Mike Cooper for helping situate the sculptures; Pleasant Hill Properties for preparing the sites; Carl Lamontagne for pouring the bases; Scott Roberts for hoisting the tall pieces onto their bases; and Scott and Jasper Vlaun for repairing and securing the historic bases. Pro Movers and conservators Ron Harvey and Scott Mosher (contracted by the Kohler Foundation on the Langlais project) did a magnificent job in unique and challenging conditions.

 

We are very fortunate to have been entrusted with these magnificent works of art. Norway now has a Langlais sculpture park intertwined with trails within minutes from Main Street, blending art, conservation, and recreation. Enjoy the works with friends and family. Please remember: no climbing or touching the sculptures. Treat them respectfully as if they were in an indoor museum.

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