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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Giant shoe sculpture exhibition: Haverhill Mass

Haverhill, Massachusetts was shoe town and for over 150 years produced quality shoes which were exported all over the world. The city was given the nickname "Queen Slipper City" and although the shoe industry died forty years ago its history proudly maintain by the Haverhill citizens. This summer the city will host a Shoe-la-bration in the form of an exhibition of 20 giant fibre glass, shoe sculptures. The public art festival and community fundraiser is being launched by the Soles of Haverhill, a committee of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Team Haverhill. The sculptures were created by Raymond Paulin of RP Creations in Berlin. Each shoe sculpture is up for local sponsorship at $1,900 and placement of the shoe is at the discretion of the sponsor, with the only rule being that the shoe must be on display in Haverhill. Finished sculptures will carry a plaque noting the name of its sponsor, the artist, and the non-profit arts or cultural organization that will benefit when the shoes are auctioned off in October at an event at Buttonwoods Museum. In addition to the public art component, a community history project called the Shoes and the Soul of Haverhill will examine the long-term impact of the shoe industry on the city's character and spirit. More information on the project and learning how to sponsor a shoe is available by contacting the Soles of Haverhill Committee at 978-521-3790 or solesofhaverhill@yahoo.com.

Interesting site
Haverville Shoes

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saw the shoes in person and they are FOOTASTIC!!! Also some of the proposed renderings for the artwork. Totally awesome!!
Can't wait to see them on the streets.

Anonymous said...

This is just the greatest display ever in the City of Haverhill - Just so beautiful to look at especially the one near the Pentucket Bank.