If you ever needed a good reason to go to a rest stop, besides the obvious one, this is it. William Wegman recently installed large photographic murals of his infamous weimaraners in two rest stops in Maine. A third to be installed in 2008. The five paneled piece entitled “Flock” is shown above.


Renowned photographer unveils mural at rest stop: Kristen Andresen for Bangor Daily News

Photographic murals, each approximately 5 feet tall by 35 feet wide, were installed earlier this week in the northbound and southbound plazas in Kennebunk. A third will be on view in a West Gardiner plaza, which is slated to open in 2008.

A panel of art experts and transportation officials selected Wegman’s submissions from a pool of 50 artists. His international stature, ties to Maine and the accessible nature of his work set Wegman apart, McNeil said. So, too, did his willingness to work within the group’s $100,000 budget, which is far less than a comparable work would fetch on the open market.

“I think we’re getting a lot for our money,” McNeil said.