When the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 projects came to a halt in light of fraud allegations last spring, Newport was left with an eyesore in the heart of its downtown – where a hotel was supposed to go. But some local artists are changing that eyesore into an attraction.
There is a beautiful boardwalk where the shore of Lake Memphremagog meets downtown Newport. Not far from the waterfront is a granite sculpture of a fish, which has become something of a mascot for the small city on the international border.
Just a block down Main Street, a mural of that fish is being woven into a chain-link fence.
“This is actually the fish that’s down the road, a sculpture, which people love, apparently," explains local artists Victoria Mathiesen. "And this morning I learned they even put a hat and a scarf on it in the winter.”
The fish is one of nine weavings Mathiesen has designed for the fence. Nine also happens to be the number of buildings that were demolished on the other side of that fence.
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