Old Man in the Mountain’s New Home - Brookline, NH
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member chrissyml
N 42° 43.680 W 071° 40.020
19T E 281654 N 4734059
Quick Description: A sculpture made of rocks and steel.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2021 8:36:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM14JBC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
This is located at the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH. This large sculpture garden is made of several trails that lead to the summit of a mountain. There are over 150 works of art that line the trails, most of them abstract.

The Old Man in the Mountain is a natural rock formation known to many people in New Hampshire and now beyond, because it was featured on the state quarter. There was a point when the side of the top of a mountain looked like the profile of an old man. "Franconia Notch is a U-shaped valley that was shaped by glaciers. The Old Man formation was likely formed from freezing and thawing of water in cracks of the granite bedrock sometime after the retreat of glaciers 12,000 years ago. The formation was first noted in the records of a Franconia surveying team around 1805. Francis Whitcomb and Luke Brooks, part of the surveying team, were the first two to record observing the Old Man. The official state history says several groups of surveyors were working in the Franconia Notch area at the time and claimed credit for the discovery." source: (visit link)

In 2003, after years of being reinforced by chains, the rock formation collapsed due to nature weather and erosion. It is still remembered fondly in New England as a beloved landmark.

This sculpture consists of rocks arranged into a formation that resembles a profile, set into a frame made of steel. It was created by Alak Roy of Bangladesh in 2014.
Title: Old Man in the Mountain’s New Home

Artist: Alak Roy

Media (materials) used: rocks, steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Andres Institute of Art

Date of creation or placement: 2014

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