Jesse Salisbury’s Link series is a sculptural experiment of modular interlocking forms. The forms are carved and split from a single rectangular granite block and then the separated forms are moved around each other to form the finished sculpture arrangement. The result is a reductive sculpture larger than the original block with various forms possible depending on how the modular parts are arranged around each other. In particular Salisbury likes to contrast the raw split texture of the original granite block with the carved facets. The textures and motion of the sculpture creates a visual puzzle for the viewer to ponder the interior and exterior spaces, as well as contemplate the construction and movement.
Jesse Salisbury is an internationally celebrated artist from Steuben, Maine. He is the founding director and host of Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Their mission is to host Stone Sculpture Symposia in downeast Maine that will engage individuals and communities in public art. Salisbury has work in public collections including the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, The Steuben Library, and Bartlett Wines in Gouldsboro, in addition to his symposium pieces in Egypt, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand.
Granite has played an important part in Maine’s history. In its peak usage in 1901, an estimated 3,500 workers were employed at 152 quarries on the mainland and off shore islands. Schooners laden with the stone would carry their cargo to public works projects along the east coast. It can be found in buildings and projects including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Church of St. John the Divine, and the Kennedy Memorial. Maine Granite is famous for the diversity of its color and texture and can often be traced back to the quarry it came from. It is the bedrock of Maine and remains an enduring medium for artists.
This sculpture is one of several generously donated to the City of Portland and the Jetport by William D. and Mary Louise Hamill.