Rutland’s Public Art

Rutland is a small town in Vermont of just over 15,000 residents incorporated in 1892. At one point, it was a major railroad hub for local marble quarries. Its past and present is clearly reflected in its public art.

Instead of the fiberglass sculptures I stumble upon in many cities, in Rutland, I discovered a series of marble sculptures featuring important people from Rutland. The people honored in the sculptures I found are Paul Harris, founder of the first Rotary club; Andrea Mead Lawrence, an Olympic skier; William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; the immigrants who worked in the quarries; and Martin Henry Freeman, an African American educator and abolitionist.

Today, Rutland has a strong environmental and arts focus. In my wanderings, I discovered two sculptures from the Trash2Art series, one from the HeART of Rutland series, and several murals. The mural of whales was particularly eye-catching given that the ocean is hours away. I wondered about the choice of subject until I saw the closest cross street was called Wales Street. The moose just up the street were almost as elusive as real moose – despite multiple trips to Vermont and one to Alaska, I have yet to see a live moose.

4 thoughts on “Rutland’s Public Art

  1. Yong used to like to play “look it’s a moose” in Vermont until about eight years ago in Quebec in a park where we saw one munching in the river … she got out of the car for photographs … I stayed in … so … Keep looking

  2. I’ve lived in VT for 28 years and have seen moose only a handful of times. The best sighting was on an October evening near my brother’s home in Shrewsbury: a large bull with a full rack in the middle of the road.

    • I am still remembering-language but eschew caught my eye about moose.
      “Now that the snow has finally melted, walks in the woods take me into the higher terrain, looking for moose antlers. This is a popular pastime in moose country, and a great reason to get out into the woods before the leaves emerge.“. I didn’t know moose shed their antlers every year … that seems like a waste of energy, particularly for the moose who battle with antlers and lose.

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