Bristol Marine crew join CMBG in community building


A Bristol Marine crew from Boothbay Harbor recently volunteered at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG), bringing their considerable expertise to the construction of the Gardens’ latest exhibit, giant troll sculptures designed by the activist and recycled arts artist internationally renowned Thomas Dambo. The series of gigantic “giant trolls” made from recycled wood underscores the 2021 theme of gardens by focusing on the woods of Maine, from their history to their continuing importance to the health, recreation and economy of the state.

Construction and exquisite design are, after all, Bristol Marine’s wheelhouse, and community involvement is part of their company’s mission. Their employees regularly devote their time to programs focused on youth development, education and the environment.

“Trolls fit those criteria perfectly,” says Daniel Ungier, Gardens vice president of customer experience and education. “Our goal for this exhibition is to provide young visitors with access to experiences and discoveries that stimulate the imagination and draw visitors of all ages to our trails.

Photographer Bob Mitchell agrees. “The Bristol Boys are a great team,” he says. “It was definitely something different than what we’re used to, and we had a great time.” Mitchell, by the way, didn’t just photograph the Bristol’s crew while the schooner was being restored. Ernestina-Morrissey, but was a frequent photographer at the Gardens in his early days.

“Working on this project gave me the opportunity to come back to the gardens in a different way,” continues Mitchell, “contributing to a unique exhibit that will be there for years to come. “

Thomas Dambo, an internationally renowned sculptor from Copenhagen, Denmark, led the installation of these recycled wood art sculptures. Wherever Thomas Dambo creates installations, he enjoys bringing community members together and co-creating with materials collected nearby. Dambo’s diverse and varied work can be found around the world, telling a story of local community and global connection.

Bristol Marine, established in Rhode Island in 1998, has long been part of the age-old yachting tradition born out of a community steeped in maritime tradition and heritage. They are active members of the community and involved in many local groups and non-profit organizations.

Bob Mitchell has lived and photographed in Maine for over 40 years. Mitchell’s work is well known throughout the region, thanks to his long-standing affiliation with the local newspaper, his books and Connections Publishing, started by his wife in 1980.

At nearly 325 acres, the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens is New England’s largest public garden. Voted # 1 on TripAdvisor, the nationally recognized public garden is located in Boothbay, Maine. The mission of the Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections between people, plants and nature through horticulture, education and research. Visit or call (207) 633-8000.

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