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Van Buren, Maine: Maine Tribute Moose

A life-size bronze moose statue has be accessorized with a Maine Coon Cat, lobsters, a can of Moxie -- all of the symbols of Maine.

Dufour Drive, Van Buren, ME
The moose stands at the entrance to the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Van Buren, near the bridge across the St. John River to Canada.
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Maine Tribute Moose

A moose sculpture, nearly 11 feet tall, pays tribute to everything Maine. In addition to the moose itself there's a Maine Coon Cat, a Black Cap Chickadee (the state bird), and lobsters. A can of Moxie (the official state soda) rests on the bronze base supporting the statue. A leaping landlocked salmon (the state fish) jumps away from the moose's front hoof. Other emblems around the base of the statue represent the official state dessert (blueberry pie), treat (whoopee pie), flower (pine cone and tassel), insect (honeybee), fossil (pertica quadrifaria), herb (wintergreen), and mineral (tourmaline), which is surrounded by a ring of nautical rope.

[Aaron Tomlinson, 08/10/2013]

Maine sculptor Glenn Hines made the moose in New York in 1998. On April 26, 2013, it was finally moved to Maine after artist Nina Katchadourian had turned it into "The Grand State of Maine" by adding all of the extras.

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