Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail

The Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail is an ongoing collaboration whose aim is to install marble sculptures in Rutland, Vermont over several years. Leading the initiative along with the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center are Green Mountain Power, MKF Properties, and Vermont Quarries. Funding for each sculpture is provided through a combination of individual and corporate donations and grants.

The subjects for the memorials are prominent Rutland area notables who have made significant contributions to our shared culture. World renowned Danby Marble is used to create the enduring monuments. Professional artists work individually and in teams to bring the historic figures to life.

The project was begun in 2016, with completed sculptures to date including:

  • Stone Legacy

    In the 19th and 20th centuries, European immigrants arrived to the Rutland Region to work in the marble and other industries. The first sculpture in the series honors the heroic individuals and families who sought a better life and built a nation.

    Designed by Kellie Pereira

    Carved by Steve Shaheen, Alessandro Lombardo, Andrea Ingrasse

  • The Jungle Book

    Famed British author Rudyard Kipling found inspiration to write his Jungle Books, with other works, at Naulakha, his lodge in Dummerston, Vermont, in the late 1800s.

    Designed and carved by Sean Williams

  • Andrea Mead Lawrence

    Following her historic two Alpine Skiing Gold Medals at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Norway, Rutland native Andrea Mead Lawrence became an influential conservationist in the American West.

    Designed by Kellie Pereira

    Carved by Steve Shaheen, Alessandro Lombardo, Kellie Pereira

  • Ann Story

    Courageous and indomitable, Ann Story was a hero of the American Revolution, acting as a spy for the Green Mountain Boys in the early days of our state and nation.

    Designed by Amanda Sisk

    Carved by Evan Morse, Taylor Apostol

  • The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

    African American soldiers from New England fought bravely to end slavery in the U.S. Civil War.

    Designed and carved by Don Ramey

  • Bill W.

    Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William Wilson (Bill W.) credited his birth and beginnings in Dorset and Rutland, Vermont, for his success in achieving sobriety and spreading his message of hope around the world.

    Designed by Steve Shaheen, Kellie Pereira

    Carved by Steve Shaheen, Alessandro Lombardo

  • Martin Henry Freeman

    A native of Rutland, the abolitionist, educator, and first African American college president Martin Henry Freeman (1826-1889) brought the ideals of higher education to Liberia in later life.

    Designed by Mark Burnett

    Carved by Don Ramey

  • Paul Harris

    Chicago businessman Paul Harris spent his childhood in Rutland before co-founding the Rotary Club in 1907. His service club model for middle class philanthropy has spread worldwide.

    Designed by Amanda Sisk

    Carved by Evan Morse

  • Julia Dorr

    Well-known and respected as an author of prose and poetry in New England literary circles of her time, Julia Ripley Dorr (1825-1913) was a leader in establishing the Rutland Free Library.

    Designed by Amanda Sisk

    Carved by Evan Morse, Taylor Apostol

  • Redfield Proctor

    After success in the U.S. Civil War, Colonel Redfield Proctor raised the Vermont Marble Company to global pre-eminence. Proctor served Vermont as State Representative, State Senator, Governor, and U.S. Senator. He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as Secretary of War, where he used his managerial skills to modernize the Army.

    Designed by Kellie Periera

    Carved by Evan Morse, Taylor Apostol

  • Tom Fagan/Rutland Halloween Parade

    Local writer, businessman and superhero fan Tom Fagan attracted his friends in the comic book industry to Rutland, Vermont. They brought worldwide recognition to the Rutland Halloween Parade through their creations for publishers Marvel, DC and others.

    Designed by Jiannan Wu

    Carved by Alessandro Lombardo

  • Ernie Royal

    Beloved African American restaurateur Ernie Royal, with his wife Willa, helped build racial equality in Vermont during and beyond the Civil Rights struggle in the late 20th century. Royal was elected the first black board member of the National Restaurant Association in 1975.

    Designed by Amanda Sisk

    Carved by Don Ramey

New additions to the collection are created each summer at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.