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SET IN STONE: City welcomes three new sculptures

By Adam Urquhart - Staff Writer | Jun 3, 2018

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Sculptor Carina Fabaro, of Argentina, boards a trolley behind City Hall at the start of Saturday’s official unveiling of the 11th annual International Sculpture Symposium installations.

NASHUA – The message of harmony was set in stone by three international sculptors at the official unveiling of the 11th annual International Sculpture Symposium installations Saturday afternoon.

Harmony was this year’s theme, and on Friday two of the sculptures were installed, and the third was installed Saturday morning before the unveiling. Dozens of people gathered behind City Hall at 1 p.m. to take trolleys to each of the three installations, starting with Tom Allen’s, located at the side of the rail trail on Pine Street.

Allen is from Scotland, and said he’s very impressed with Nashua, although wishes he had the opportunity to have seen more of the city. Instead, he was preoccupied at MakeIt Labs creating his sculpture called “Growing in Harmony.”

“This is a great location for Tom’s (sculpture), because it’s located right next to the community gardens that have been here for two or three years, so it fits in well,” Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said. “This is a great addition to the rail trail.”

From there, people boarded the trolleys and set off to the next installation, located in Sullivan Park where Carina Fabaro, of Argentina, had her sculpture called “Pacha Mama” installed. Using a translator to get her message across, Fabaro said her sculpture represents a hug, a warm embrace of the earth and it contains the constant evolution of the universe.

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Carina Fabaro’s sculpture sits in Sullivan Park. Her piece is called ‘Pacha Mama.’

Relaying the message on Fabaro’s behalf, the translator said, “Art is a universal language, and although she’s not able to speak English, she does have the opportunity to transmit everything she knows through her art to all of us, and would like to dedicate it to Meri Goyette.”

The symposium itself was originally inspired by Goyette, a major arts supporter who lives in Nashua, and John Weidman, director of the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. As it is, Nashua is the only city in the U.S. that hosts an annual international sculpture symposium.

Donchess said that not only this year, but over all the years the symposium has been held, the Department of Public Works has been extremely helpful in making sure the sculptures get set up properly and installed in the right places.

Moving forward, everyone then packed back into the trolleys and headed to the third and final installation called, “We Are” that Tony Jimenez, of Costa Rica, sculpted. His is located in front of 146 Main St. and features the faces of different people from different cultures, including Native American, African, Asian, Indian, etc. He even included the face of John Weidman in his sculpture.

“What he’s done is a beautiful work of art for Main Street,” Donchess said. “We’ve been trying to get a sculpture on Main Street for some time, but this is the first time we’ve been able to do that.”

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Tom Allen’s sculpture rests at the edge of the rail trail on Pine Street. His sculpture is called ‘Growing in Harmony.’

On Friday, Jimenez helped to install his sculpture on Main Street and said it’s very special to him, almost like carrying a special baby, as a crane carefully positioned the sculpture into place.

“It represents people of culture, with all these cultures living in the same town,” Jimenez said. “We are one, is what I want to say with this sculpture. Every face is a different culture.”

He said although he’s from Costa Rica, he loves Nashua and feels that the city is very unique.

“I appreciate how the people are here,” Jimenez said.

With his sculpture right in the heart of downtown, and the other two sculptures spread amongst different neighborhoods, the city now has 33 works of art spread about through the symposiums that have been held over the years.

“We’re incredibly proud of the symposium and the three sculptors,” Gail Moriarty, co-chair of the symposium said while watching Jimenez’s installation Friday afternoon.

The 2019 symposium opening day is scheduled for May 9.

More information and a map of all the sculptures around the city can be found online at, http://www.nashuasculpturesymposium.org/.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

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