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 have been restored on site by the Kohler Foundation who gifted the property to the Georges River Land Trust in November 2015. Unique, edgy and very imaginative, Langlais created pieces on the land that are engaging to young and old. Visit our online Langlais photo gallery. Get a bird’s eye view of the compound in this brief video made by friend and former staffer Taylor Stenger.
The Langlais Sculpture Preserve is a welcoming and accessible place to visit. The outdoor sculpture park and trails are 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 finished and can accommodate bus tours.
If you are inspired by the creativity and true sense of Maine that “Blackie’s” works evoke, we invite you to make a gift to help assure that our Sculpture Preserve will showcase this native son for generations to come.
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