Bangor’s 175th anniversary next month also
marks the 50th birthday of one of its most familiar landmarks – a
statue of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan.
The 31-foot-tall statue, made of painted fiberglass over wood
and metal, was constructed in 1959 and placed in a 6-foot base on
Main Street, in front of the Bangor Auditorium.
Mayor Gerry Palmer acknowledges that some people aren’t fond of
the statue of the smiling Bunyan, who wears a red-and-black flannel
shirt and holds an ax in one hand and a peavey in the other. But
the mayor says it’s still the most photographed site in the city.
The statue’s designer, artist J. Normand Martin, says there’s
been talk over the years of moving his creation. But Martin says
the statue has lasted all these years, and ":This is his home.":
The anniversary celebration will be Feb. 12.