Waterfall Arts and Our Town Belfast joined forces this year to bring a new edition of Eco-Motion street sculptures to the sidewalks and parks of Belfast. This summer’s theme — “Please, Be Seated!” — has brought more than 18 new seating structures that are now installed throughout the city walkways and three downtown parks.

Creative individuals crafted unique and fun seats such as a lobster buoy bench, a carved apple tree, a human- and wind-powered weathervane seat, a fairy throne, a wonderfully whimsical frog chair and more. Maps listing all the “Please be seated” installations are available at the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterfall Arts and downtown merchants. Visitors are challenged to use the maps to complete the Puzzle Piece Hunt shown on the map’s reverse side.

The Eco-Motion Street Sculpture Project, in its third year under Waterfall Arts’ umbrella, evolved from the popular Belfast Bear Fest to bird houses, street art and then to Co-Motion installations from 2000 to 2008. Supported by funding from the City of Belfast, local citizens, artists, businesses and other grantors over the years, the street sculptures provide a unique identity for Belfast and a way to attract people to the downtown while encouraging them to spend time walking, shopping, relaxing, reading, daydreaming, watching the tide roll in and out or simply observing the world go by.

This year, 10 of the new seats have “Please Be Seated” Braille signage, thanks to the generosity of the offices of Dr. Lyndon Morgan. Handicapped accessibility and ADA information is of particular importance to the merchants, administration and citizens of Belfast.

The seat structures will be in place until early September, when they will be sold at a public auction if they have not had a buyer commit to a minimum bid. Prices and auction information will be announced online at belfastecomotion.org by the end of July.

Waterfall Arts, dedicated to creating community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts, is located at 256 High St. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org. Our Town Belfast, supporting community and creative sustainability in downtown Belfast, has offices at 171 High St., Suite 6; visitourtownbelfast.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.