I didn’t expect to come across something of interest for the WLA Blog while wandering around Portland, Maine, this weekend, but that was before I stumbled upon a statue of director John Ford, famous for directing such western films as Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, etc. and etc.
Ford attended high school and Portland, and the city honored him with this statue. I remember having heard about the statue, and I wondered where it was, and it was only serendipity that took me down a particular street and right up to John Ford himself. The statue is surrounded by a circle of stone, with various important dates and bits of information cut into the stone.
The statue was commissioned in 1998, and, it’s really a well done statue, conveying a sense of character (especially with the pipe) and with a bit of a sense of humor in its accurate depiction of someone sitting in a director’s chair (portable, but not the most comfortable of furniture).
The statue is located at the intersection of Fore Street and Pleasant Street, on the eastern edge of the “Old Port” area of downtown Portland. For more information, see John Ford Marker.