Beneath the Forest, Beneath the Sea by Pamela Moulton (2022)

Materials: Abandoned fishing gear, steel, rope

Beneath the Forest, Beneath the Sea

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About the project

Three fanciful sculptures take root in Payson Park. Visitors are encouraged to journey beneath the sculptures; discovering the secret understory of each whimsical form. The pieces are reminiscent of macro and micro organisms; often gone unnoticed or unseen by the human eye. Moulton has repurposed over 10 tons of derelict fishing equipment, known in the industry as ghost gear, from the Gulf of Maine. Beneath the Forest, Beneath the Sea is created in collaboration with numerous community partners.

The hands that have gathered, unraveled, tied, woven, painted, touched and transformed, this material are inseparable from the objects. These sculptures inspire exploration, storytelling and spark conversations about protecting our environment.

This piece was made in collaboration with over 5,600 individuals. Thank you to:

Casco Bay High School, The Cedars, Center for Coastal Studies Marine Debris and Plastics Program, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, DSO Creative Fabrication, The Ecology School, Evo Rock + Fitness, Flatbread Company, Gerald E. Talbot Community School, Girl Scouts of America, Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, King Middle School, Maine College of Art and Design, Mayo Enterprises LLC, The New School Kennebunk, Presumpscot Elementary School. Ocean Avenue Elementary School, Oceanside High School, Sherwin Williams, Spindleworks, Standard Baking Company, Sterling Rope Company, Tom Moulton, Transformit, and many generous individual volunteers. Special thanks to Pamela’s team of artist collaborators.

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About Pamela Moulton

Pamela Moulton’s installations are large-scale, playful, hands-on, exploratory and mysterious…Moulton is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose newest human-scale immersive environments are built entirely from salvaged commercial nets and ropes. Her interactive spaces may be crawled through, climbed upon and occupied, allowing the public to explore its environmental consciousness in a direct, material way. These lost materials – haunt our oceans. They are durable, outdoor materials designed for human handling, connected historically and commercially to Portland’s development. Moulton uses them to pull her visitors into spaces which are evocative, sensory, and contemplative. World-building and collaboration are the bases of Moulton’s practice.


This project is located in Payson Park, Portland, Maine. Parking is available in the adjacent lot.