Artist: Don Justin Meserve, Maine
Buchanan Alumni House Courtyard and South Garden
Pylon was created by the late Don Justin Meserve, known as a mentor to a younger generation of Maine sculptors. Meserve worked primarily in granite and basalt, Pylon being a striking example of his smaller granite pieces and suggestive of massive stone pylons found around the world. Meserve was one of the sculptors chosen for the first Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (2007); his granite creation, Cleat, is in Winter Harbor, Maine.
Pylon is one of four sculptures donated to the Buchanan Alumni House in honor of Nathaniel “Nat” Diamond, who — at age 43 — graduated from UMaine (’63). These approachable pieces have been carefully and thoughtfully integrated into the South Gardens of the Alumni House, allowing each work to stand on its own merits while also creating interest throughout the gardens. The pieces are of similar scale and complement one another in form and hue. Each piece was created by a sculptor based in Maine and has a plaque indicating its donor.