In the latest edition of Pursuits magazine, our feature "More Than a Pigeon Perch," takes a look at this local landmark, The Hiker, a statue by Theo A.R. Kitson.
It's a monument to the Spanish American War fought in Cuba . . . from the conflict itself ("Remember the Maine") to questionable journalism, Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, and medical breakthrough, it's layered with meaning.
You may have heard of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, but do you know who Dr. Walter Reed was? This statue holds a clue.
At least 50 copies of The Hiker were cast and are located around the country.* We're looking for the others. This one is in Portland, Maine, is there one in your community? Post a comment and let us know.
*Because all 50 copies of The Hiker were cast by the same foundry and placed in different areas of the country, the statues are being examined for the effects of air pollution and climate based on location.
In our Calendar of Days, today we celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month with the suggestion to take in a summer concert.
We did that last night and caught Jerks of Grass on the Eastern Promenade overlooking Casco Bay. We kept it simple and headed out after dinner, some people brought elaborate picnic food, while still others grabbed something from the food trucks at the top of the hill. What a nice way to spend the evening.