Langlais Sculpture Preserve
Miles of trail: 1
Activities: Hiking, birding, hunting
The Langlais Sculpture Preserve was the 90-acre homestead of renowned Maine artist, Bernard “Blackie” Langlais and his wife Helen. “Blackie” created more than 3,500 indoor and outdoor works of art during his lifetime that are unique, edgy, very imaginative, and engaging to young and old. A partnership with the Kohler Foundation Inc. and Colby College Museum of Art led us to steward this blending of art and nature.
*Special exhibition* – The John Michael Kohler Arts Center held a special exhibition titled Bernard Langlais: Live and Let Live in 2021. They borrowed a few pieces from our Preserve, plus many, many more. (Press release)
- Twelve large wooden sculptures were restored on site by the Kohler Foundation Inc. who gifted the property to the Georges River Land Trust in November 2015.
- Visit our online Langlais photo gallery.
- Want to find more Langlais art in Maine? Visit The Langlais Art Trail where more than fifty institutions in more than forty Maine communities now display artworks by Langlais.
- We partnered with Leaps of Imagination to host summer art camp for kids at the Langlais Preserve.
- Together with the Maine Master Gardener Volunteer program, we’ve created a native plant garden to provide essential habitat for bees, birds, and butterflies. We’re happy to share the plant list and planting design.
- Take a quick tour in this video made by friend and former staffer Taylor Stenger
Videos About Langlais
We are fortunate to host a collection of videos about Langlais – how this preserve came to be, the sculpture conservators at work, historical footage, and oral histories about Langlais’ time in Cushing.
LSP In the News
“Return of the Native,” Antiques Magazine, July 2021
Yankee Magazine “Best Outdoor Museum,” April 2021
Nature and Art Education at LSP
LEAPS of IMAGINATION Kids Explore LSP
Portland Press Herald, Sept. 10 2017
The Free Press, Sept. 7, 2017
The Langlais Sculpture Preserve is open to the public for day-use only; no overnight camping is allowed. In addition to the ADA-accessible trail around the sculptures, a .5-mile trail takes visitors inland into the wooded portion of the property. Hunting is permitted with prior permission.