Finders and Makers

2001 Visitor's Guide


Participating Artists:

            Marilyn Baum               Carole Hanson                         Richard Saltonstall

            Katie Bell                     Steve McDonnell                      Sam Shaw

            Philip Barter                 Tom McKee                            Melita Westerlund

            H. G. Brack                 David McLaughlin                    J. Wood

            Dan Falt                       Sune Noreen                            Kilroy – ADR

                                                                                                Eric Ziner


Past and present gardeners include Friedia Parks, Judith Bradshaw Brown, Kathleen Kelly and Ardis Looker as well as Mr. Compost.


Note:   Visitors to the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden will see a variety of found tools and artifacts not listed in the guide.


This guide begins in the Tool Barn. (If you wish to begin at the guide box, start with #13 on the next page.)  NB. After the Tool Barn closes in the evening, sculptures 1-2 will not be available for viewing:



1. Brack                         "Hardware Store #3"         (found tools and accidental durable remnants [ADR])


2. McLaughlin                "Stove #12"                       (welded, recycled, plate steel, located inside Tool Barn, second floor)


Exit Tool Barn, sculpture is next to greenhouse.

4. Westerlund                  Medusa Series:  Tropical Goddess  (polychromed cement)


Head across the driveway towards house.

5. Westerlund                  Medusa Series:  Cinnamon Bay       (polychromed cement with inlay)


As you go down the driveway, to your left:

6. Westerlund                  "Opposite Prisms"             (polychromed welded steel)


7. J Wood                       Assemblage #16            (ancient iron pot with found tools)


To your left, in the greenhouse attached to the house:

8. Hanson                       "White Goddess"               (marble, in front greenhouse)


10. Falt                          "Red Fox"                          (polychromed wood, in front greenhouse)


As you go out the driveway turn left on the road; you’ll note a series of installations on the three stumps of elm trees that used to shade the main house.

11. J Wood                    "Greenhouse Effect, Etc.”  (found tool with glass crock)


12. J Wood                    “Found Tools with Forged Hammer”


12a. J Wood                   "Enigmatic Flower           (arrangement with pewter flower)


Turn right and cross the road, heading for GERONIMO SCULPTURE GARDEN sign.

13. Hanson                     "The Hand"                       (bluestone with cannon ball)


14. Brack                        "Cheeseburger in a Wheelchair, with New Potatoes"  (ADR)


15. McLaughlin               The Virgin Birth (Funeral, No Parking)        (old car & ADR)         

          & Brack              Funeral, No Parking sign stolen in the fall of 1996:  Reward for recovery



Enter the Main Garden on the path that passes between the sign and guide box.  On the right in front of the picnic table:

16. McLaughlin               "Junk Collector's Tricycle"  (welded steel with found artifacts)


On the path to the left: On the right:

17. Hanson                     "Yemaya"                          (marble, left)


On the left:

18. Shaw                        Whale Bait                     (spruce, brass, stone and lead)


Walk back to the picnic table and down the path to your right as you face the woods:

19. Noreen & Kilroy       "23rd Station of the Cross"  (wooden cross with found tools)


20. Bell                          "Mother and Child"            (alabaster)


To your left:

21. J Wood                    "Fire Chariot"                     (assemblage of found tools)


22. Barter                       “Paleo-Kinetic Pisces”       (polychromed wood)

22a. McLaughlin             “Flower #3”                       (welded steel fragments)


Moving down the path to your right as you face the woods:

23.  McLaughlin              "Totem"                            (steel assemblage with sandstone)


To your left:

24.  Westerlund               "Elevated Topiary"            (polychromed welded steel)


To your left, quite a distance from where you are, in front of the woods:

25. Westerlund                “Medusa Series:  Gaudi’s Twist”  (polychromed cement)


26.  RADNET                 One Square Meter         (ADR -- for more information on this installation, see the supplement to the visitor’s guide)


On the left, right before the path into the woods:

27. Barter                       "Where is Bunker's Hole?"  (fiberglassed oil painting installed with salvaged window & ADR)


On the backside of 27:

28. Brack                       "Traveling Madonna"          (assemblage with found tools and paper ephemera)

Straight ahead, in the woods:

29. Hanson                      "Enigma"                           (marble)



Enter the path into the woods and turn left:

30. Brack                       "Annunciation"                   (American gas pump, atomic missile warhead tip, small stevedore’s tool chest, doghouse)


31. J Wood                    "Dead Stevedore"              (stevedore’s tool chest with tools)


32. Anonymous              “Abandoned Sculpture”     (old bathtub with found artifacts)


33. U.S.F.D.A.              "Community Bulletin Board"  (unfreedom of information area       local map on back; also covers of publications of RADNET, see #56)


34. Anonymous              "Captain Tew's Pirate Chest (LLRW Storage Site)"  (riveted steel, c.1725, see the notes section at the end for the history of the chest)

Follow the path up the hill from Captain Tew’s Pirate Chest and take the second left back into the main garden:

35. Westerlund               "Why Not?"                       (polychromed welded steel)


Heading toward the road, turn right back to the woods path. On your right:

36. J Wood                     “Untitled”                         (mounted beach stone)


Against woods, to your right:

37. J Wood                     "Eulogy to Minimalism"  (steel grid, bricks, old fire truck)


Continuing on the path, heading toward the road, on the left:

38. McLaughlin               "Abandoned Workshop"  (welded steel and found tools, see the notes section at the end for the history of the Indian doors, Warren, ME, 1720-30.  Also see the Museum guide for a description of McLaughlin’s Post Apocalypse series.)


To your left facing the road, on the edge of the field:

39. J Wood and              "Dinner Party #11"            (Assemblage with table)

      McLaughlin                                                        (welded steel flower)


Where the path meets the stairs, on your left facing the road:

40.    McLaughlin             "Thrust"                            (welded steel and found belt drive)


40a.  Ziner                       “Cormorant”                     (metal salvage)


Turn right and head into the woods:

41.                                  Tree House                       (hands-on area for kids of all ages; feel welcome to climb into the tree house, have a picnic, etc.)


Take path through woods heading for the road:

42.    Anonymous            "Haida Boundary Marker"  (original pacific coast Amerind boundary marker)


Cross the paved road to the north sculpture garden:

43. Brack                        "Revolving Phallus"            (armorer’s tool, steel pulley, ca. 1890 - 1910)


44. McLaughlin               "Flower 113"                    (welded steel, on tree stump)


45. McLaughlin               "Study for Welds"             (welded plate steel, on tree stump; study for #2 in Tool Barn)

46. Westerlund                "Sullivan's Laundry"           (polychromed welded steel)


47. J Wood                     "Three Wise Men and the Baby Jesus"  (three atomic missile warhead tips with a keg of nails)


48. Brack                        "Industrial Revolution"       (armorer's tools mounted on railroad ties)


49. Brack                        "Painful Extinction"            (found tools, ordinance, salvage)


Go back to the road and turn right. Continue till you come to the frog ponds on either side of the road. On your right (the barn side):

50. McLaughlin               "Flower #2"                      (welded steel)


On your left:

51. Westerlund                "Tribal Tower"                  (polychromed welded steel)


Take the path to the left of #51, and on your right, by the pond:

52.  Kilroy                       “The untold story of the brother of St. Francis” (found objects)


Follow the path around the pond and back to the road, on your left:

53. Westerlund                "Gypsy Rose"                   (polychromed welded steel)


Cross the road and go over wooden bridge, on your right:

54. Eislin                                                                  (bronze mounted on a steel table)


Up the path into the woods:

55. Saltonstall                  "Big Bird with Children’s Playhouse"  (welded painted iron)


56. RADNET                  "Nuclear Information on the Internet" - World Wide Web at - A conceptual art project sponsored by the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden.  RADNET may be accessed from any computer hooked up to the Internet or by special appointment at the Tool Barn.  The RADNET computer is located within the Geronimo Gallery Cafe and may be used by appointment with the RADNET editor, H. G. Brack.


After the playhouse you will discover several abandoned sculptures on the path to the early settler’s well.


This completes the outside tour.  The Great Wass Island Salvage Co. Gallery, located in the house, is OPEN ONLY by appointment.  Please inquire in the Tool Barn if you are interested in viewing the gallery collection of paintings and artifacts.  There are many found tools, arrangements, artifacts and works of art in the gallery and in the sculpture garden that are not listed in this brief guide.

Historical notes on the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden

·        The devastating fire of 1947 swept through the area now occupied by the sculpture gardens and forever changed the ecology of the area, destroying much of the foliage and many of the cottages and businesses of Hulls Cove, with the exception the circa 1845 farmhouse, now the location of The Davistown Museum’s Hulls Cove office.  Prior to the Civil War, Hulls Cove was an active shipbuilding community.  Before settlement by the English in the late 18th century, Hulls Cove, due to its sheltered location (away from the summer’s southwesterly winds) and its abundant shellfish, lobsters and wildfowl, was one of the principal trading posts in Frenchman’s Bay in the fur trade era (1500-1676).  Little is known of the Indian settlements and European traders (English, French, Basque, Portuguese and others) who visited here prior to the great pestilence of 1616-1619 that wiped out over 90% of the population of New England Indians, just prior to the arrival of the Plymouth colonists and the great migration of the 1630’s. 

·        When the first English settlers arrived at the end of the French and Indian Wars, at least one French family (Madame de Gregoire) still lived at the north end of the cove.  The abundant woods of Mount Desert Island provided an excellent source of raw materials for shipbuilding.  At least one mill was located on the east side of the central gardens at the gully just west of Route 3 (walk to the tree house and look down at the stream - children use caution).  Later a brick factory was operated a few hundred yards up Breakneck Road.  The Brewer family built ships in Hulls Cove and the house on the property.  In the 19th century, the Brewers became the owners of Cadillac Mountain, later to become part of Lafayette Park, now Acadia National Park.

·        The Indian doors on the Abandoned Workshop sculpture came from Warren, one of the earliest permanent coastal settlements in eastern Maine, and date from approximately 1720-1730.  They were made by the early settlers of Warren to ward off the sharp tomahawks of the Indians who persistently attacked the white settlers in coastal Maine from the beginning of the French and Indian Wars (King Philip’s War) in 1676 to the end of the sixth Indian War in 1763.

·        Captain Tew’s Pirate Chest (circa 1700) is a real pirate’s chest once owned by Captain Tew (also know as Captain Teach.)  The chest was originally lost in a shipwreck on the Isle of Shoals, salvaged by persons whose identity we have lost, and ended up on the bottom of Walden Pond in Concord, MA.  Edward Rowe Snow obtained possession of the pirate’s chest and wrote about it in a book that was once in the Tool Barn and has now been stolen.  The chest was acquired by the Jonesport Wood Co. ca. 1985, in Marblehead, MA, from a family who had purchased it from Snow in the 1950s.  The pirate’s chest is currently used by the Jonesport Wood Co. as a low-level radioactive waste storage facility and contains several microcuries of smoke detector derived 241Am that we didn’t want to dispose in the local landfill.  In 1992, as a conceptual art project of the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden, we applied for a low-level radioactive waste storage permit from the state of Maine.  This application seemed to puzzle the Maine Department of Human Services, Radiation Protection Program.