Sculpted as Maine’s contribution to the Court of States at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, Victor Kahill’s bronze of an iconic lobsterman was not actually cast until 1975. When funds for the project came up short, Kahill submitted a plaster copy covered in bronze paint.

After the fair it was returned to Maine where it was met with vandalism and poor storage conditions. Attempts at saving the statue came and went until the death of its model, Elroy Johnson, in September 1973, inspired the State to generate the needed funds. The first copy was cast for the city of Portland, where it can be seen in Casco Square. In 1983 The Campfire Girls of Maine raised the money for a second casting, which stands on Maine Avenue in Washington DC.

A third sculpture was financed by residents of Bailey Island, where it was placed on a point called Land’s End. This one was conceived more as a tribute to Johnson himself, the local who had spent 65 years lobstering, and showed the world how it’s done in Maine.

More than you ever wanted to know about the statue can be found here:


And this is a really fun interactive map of the fair. The Court of States is in purple, around the point of the Trylon, which is the obelisk shape at center.