FALMOUTH — A outdoor sculpture titled “Tessellation 3D” was installed at Falmouth High School last week.

The piece is designed have an educational component, as well be an “inviting and engaging (public) space,” said Jesse Salisbury of Steuben, the artist who created the work.

The overall intent of the project was to “produce a piece of public art that will serve as a lasting focus for K-12 learning,” said Dr. Charles de Sieyes, a family physician in Falmouth who first proposed the idea of adding a sculpture to the school campus.

Salisbury’s proposal was selected from among 12 sculptors who submitted concepts for the project. The effort is funded privately through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, de Sieyes said, and no school department monies are involved.

The sculpture’s title refers to “the ancient mathematical concept of deconstructing a geometric space into smaller pieces, that otherwise would fit together without gaps or overlaps,” Salisbury said. No piece is wasted, and every piece is essential to the whole.

As part of the project, donations are being accepted for an endowment that will allow Salisbury to lecture every year in all three Falmouth schools, as well as allow for periodic student field trips to his studio in Steuben.

Donations can be sent to: Falmouth School Department, c/o Dan O’Shea, Director of Finance, 51 Woodville Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105.

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