“The Colby Museum found a perfect partner in the Georges River Land Trust to secure the legacy of Bernard Langlais through the restoration and preservation of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve – a Maine treasure of art and land.” — Sharon Corwin, Director of Colby College Museum of Art
The Grand Opening for this exciting new preserve will be Saturday, September 16, 2017!
The Langlais Sculpture Preserve is the 90-acre Cushing homestead of renowned Maine artist, Bernard “Blackie” Langlais and his wife Helen. “Blackie” created over 3,000 indoor and outdoor works of art during his lifetime, many of them constructed in response to the Maine landscape. More than 12 large wooden sculptures will remain on site for the public to enjoy, restored by the Kohler Foundation who gifted the property to the Georges River Land Trust in November, 2015. Unique, edgy and very creative, Langlais created pieces on the land that are accessible and engaging to young and old. Visit our online Langlais photo gallery.
We are making tremendous progress on the preserve to make it a welcoming and accessible place to visit. The outdoor sculpture preserve and trails are now open daily from dawn to dusk. The 1/4 mile sculpture path is ADA accessible, and showcases twelve newly restored Langlais sculptures. The parking lot and entrance are nearly finished. We’ll be ready for the Grand Opening in September 2017!
To get a sense of the place and our journey, below is a 10-minute documentary that tells the story of the collaboration of three organizations – Colby College Museum of Art, Kohler Foundation Inc., and Georges River Land Trust – and the effort to restore and preserve Langlais’ artistic legacy. The Kohler Foundation gifted 3,000 pieces of art to nonprofit and educational institutions across Maine, many of which are available to the public on the Langlais Art Trail.
We would like to extend a special thank you to John and Yoke DiGiorgio for the enormous amount of time they put into producing this film.
The Langlais Sculpture Preserve is located at 576 River Road, Cushing, ME 04563