The second in a series of rope buybacks organized on behalf of a New York artist will be held Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the O’Hara receiving plant at 20 New County Road, near the Thomaston town line. The year’s first buyback was in July in Hancock, where 40,000 pounds of old rope was collected. Additional dates and locations will be announced as fishermen from other areas register over the next year.

Lobstermen and other fishermen who use fixed gear such as gillnet, crab, sea bass or hagfish fisheries, must pre-register for the buybacks by contacting Laura Ludwig at 263-5300 or

A total of 200,000 pounds of rope is needed overall. Rope must be 7/16, 1/2 or 9/16 inch diameter and can be sink rope, polysteel (Manline) or neutrally buoyant “whale” rope.  The rope must be clean and coiled so as to be manageable for packing and shipping. Rope will be weighed on-site and each contributing fisherman will receive 50 cents per pound for rope that meets the criteria.

The rope is being collected for use by Orly Genger, the New York City artist who created the massive sculpture “Red, Yellow, & Blue” in 2013 from 100,000 pounds of used rope.  Approximately 2.3 million feet of rope will be collected over the next year for her largest sculpture yet, destined for South Korea. For more information on the artist, see her Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or