SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — The Skowhegan Indian restoration project wants your unwanted Christmas gifts.
The group trying to raise enough cash to restore the 62-foot wooden sculpture downtown is accepting those ugly sweaters and loud ties for an auction in March they hope will raise the last few thousand dollars needed.
Cory King, executive director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, which owns the sculpture, tells the Morning Sentinel ( ) the chamber still needs about $5,000 for the $65,000 restoration project. Work is set to begin this summer.
The 45-year-old statue, made from carved sections of hemlock, was completed by the late artist Bernard Langlais as a tribute to Maine’s Indian tribes.
Its original spear and fish trap have been removed and must be replaced, as does the statue’s right arm.
Information from: Morning Sentinel,