Moose art we viewed in Nashua and Concord NH recently. The Concord piece was previously on display in the Portsmouth, NH Market Square (see Moose Myth story below for WHY these locations).
These works are the creation of artist Donna Dodson of Boston, MA and sculptor Andy Moerlein of Bow, NH. Their collaborative art projects are named Myth Makers. The 22-foot-tall man-like moose-headed man-like creations, called Moose Myths, are made of saplings. They were created over a year ago, but over time will decay and require removal.
What IS Moose Myth?
In case you are curious, and even if not . . .
It’s a story about noble twin moose brothers that shared the Northern Kingdom (although no exact location was given). These twins were fierce competitors who fought constantly. One day their antlers locked in a battle that went on for days. Neither would yield and they fought on without food or drink until exhausted. A young child came upon the still feuding, but dying twins and offered to free them on the condition that they promised to live in peace.NOW you know the story and NO I did NOT make this up.
The twins accepted the offer and when freed stood on two legs in honor of their human benefactor. Going forward they worked to resolve conflicts without fighting, but with negotiation.
To avoid battling over territorial rights, they compromised that one would live by the sea and rule over the Portsmouth, NH waterfront including bridges and seaways linking NH to the world. The other would dominate inland, near the confluence of the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers to protect the city of Nashua.