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"Girl With A Tail" by Bernard "Blackie" Langlais.

Langlais Sculptures: Girl With A Tail

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Skowhegan, Maine

Maine sculptor Bernard "Blackie" Langlais (1921-1977) was known for building the World's Tallest Indian in Skowhegan -- perhaps too well known. So when his widow died in 2010 she donated nearly 3,000 of his other artworks to the Kohler Foundation, which promised to conserve and exhibit them. Over 20 are now on permanent display around Skowhegan, including "Girl with a Tail," which Langlais built in his barn in 1974 out of scrap wood and rope.

The Kohler Foundation has said that it will do its best to preserve Langlais' outdoor sculptures, but noted that they're made of wood, and they're outdoors in Maine, and that to expect them to have "an infinite life" would be unrealistic. So see the Mermaid while you can.

Langlais Sculptures: Girl With A Tail

Patten Court, Skowhegan, ME
Downtown. From US Hwy 201, just north of the river, turn east onto Water St. (It's the main street in downtown). Drive to the first intersection and turn right at the building with the red roof. Drive one block. You'll see the mermaid on the right, next to the river.
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