Construction of a new attraction commemorating the Old Man of the Mountain has begun in Franconia Notch State Park and is expected to be completed in late October. Ground was broken earlier this summer on the shores of Profile Lake for the first phase of a 3-phase project to honor the memory of New Hampshire’s famous Profile, which fell from it natural perch high above Franconia Notch on May 3, 2003.
The monument being constructed this fall will feature 7 hand-crafted steel rods of varying heights, mounted on granite bases and aimed at the cliff where the Old Man once stood. Viewers may choose a rod appropriate to their height, align the rod’s uneven surface against the cliff side above the lake, and “see” the outline of the Old Man’s profile. The “Profiler” concept was the brain-child of artist and toy-designer Ron Magers of Essex, Massachusetts, who with his partner Shelly Bradbury, were selected in a national competition to design of the New Hampshire monument.
Surrounding the newly configured viewing area will be granite paving blocks and granite benches, forming a plaza where visitors can linger and enjoy the beauty and inspiration of the spot. Pavers are available for individual purchase, and will be engraved to honor friends, family and businesses, or to commemorate anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. There will also be native landscape plantings, new compatible signage, and fully-accessible walkways. Dedication of this newest element in the state park system is slated for early June, 2011.
Swenson’s Granite in Concord, New Hampshire is supplying all the granite for this project. The Profiler bases were quarried earlier this month and are now at Swenson’s manufacturing facility being cut and shaped to size. Pavers in three sizes have been delivered to Gilbert Granite in Belmont and are being engraved as orders are received.
Paver order forms are available at the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund’s website, www.oldmanofthemountainlegacyfund.org, or by contacting Jessica Bunker at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (603) 616-3940. All contributi0ns are tax deductible.
Information for this article was provided throught the NH State Parks and Recreation web site.