“Passing the Torch,” an art installation by Bucks County artist Mark Pettegrow, is featured prominently at a recently completed roundabout in Portland, Maine.
The city hosted a ribbon cutting Nov. 8, to celebrate both Pettegrow’s artistic achievement as well as this new public works project.
The artwork, commissioned in 2019 by the Portland Public Art Committee, includes three soaring bronze flame sculptures ranging in height from 8 feet to 12 feet and mounted on Maine granite boulders that are positioned atop a gentle rise in the center of the roundabout.
Lit from within, each “torch” creates a dramatic visual that, as Pettegrow states, “seem(s) to be the perfect thematic element to define a space positioned adjacent to a center of higher learning and tasked with becoming a new gateway into Portland. Since Portland was my first home after graduating from the University of Maine, having my work placed here represents something of a homecoming for me.”
The design, construction, casting, finishing and installation of the project took approximately two and a half years.
At the unveiling, Pettegrow thanked all of the people and organizations that made it possible for him to create this sculpture installation.