Five local artists installed small sculptures at the Intervale preserve as part of our Royal Treasure Map project. The Royal Treasures activity allows kids of all ages to find unique pieces of sculpture installed in special places within the preserve. Each sculpture helps interpret the ecology, history, and natural dynamics of the preserve. The Royal Treasures project at New Gloucester’s Intervale Preserve is the work of five contributors: Jordan Smith, Mike Sproul, Laurie Sproul, Stephanie Goggin, and Evan Haynes.
Find All Four Treasures!
Step 1: Bring crayons and a printed treasure map.
Step 2: Find a treasure using the map and the narrative clues on the map.
Step 3: Use the crayon to make a rubbing of the treasure, on the blank square on the Treasure Map, next to the clue that matches the treasure.
Step 4: Find all four treasures, make four rubbings!
Click HERE to print treasure maps for kids to use to make rubbings of each sculpture.
Jordan Smith (Granite Bench, Royal River Oxbows): Jordan grew up in New Gloucester, spending his childhood enjoying the Intervale Preserve. His granite bench traces the path of the Royal River and its oxbows as it winds through New Gloucester. Jordan now works as Jordan Smith Sculpture and as Rocksmith in Pownal.
Mike Sproul (Carbon Footprint): Mike is an engineer for Pam Am Railways, driving trains on the tracks running along the Intervale Preserve. A passionate hunter and paddler, Mike’s footprints carved into the kiosk evoke both Leave No Trace culture, and reminders of carbon footprints from individuals and society.
Laurie Sproul (Wild Leek): Laurie is a sculptor living and working in Brownville, Maine. Her floral sculpture is increasingly influenced by the struggle of nature in a warming world. Using local woods, her new works play out the drama unfolding in our ecosystems as species struggle to adapt. Native wild leek along the Royal River is largely crowded out by non-native invasive plants, including Japanese knotweed and honeysuckle.
Evan Haynes (Diatoms, Copper and Glass): Evan is a sculptor living in North Yarmouth and New Zealand. Etched into the glass block of this Royal Treasure are diatoms and other types of algae. These microscopic plants are among the largest and ecologically most significant group of organisms on the planet. They serve as the base of the aquatic food web, and through the process of photosynthesis, provide us half of the oxygen we breathe. The inspiration for the etching came from images of the microscopic algae captured from Royal River samples analyzed by the FlowCAM, an imaging particle analyzer manufactured by Fluid Imaging Technologies in Scarborough.
Stephanie Goggin (Interpretation): Stephanie is an outdoor environmental educator living in Yarmouth. “My childhood was full of muddy, wet and dirty adventures. I love being able to join my son as he explores and discovers nature for the first time. I’m thrilled that my son is developing an affinity for Maine by exploring and adventuring.”