The Comeback of Public Art

The Comeback of Public Art

Public art is making a comeback in Lowell, which is one of the creative hot spots in the state. 

Lowell, MA, 9/29/2016 – The City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office (CASE) is excited to announce three major projects that are enlivening the streetscape: a restored building-sized mural downtown, a major work of fabric art in a mill relic, and a kinetic steel sculpture where the Concord River and Pawtucket Canal meet.

After “Veils of Color for Lowell, the Venice of America”, an art installation by Lowell Artist Barbara Poole was installed along the Lower Pawtucket Canal in July of 2016, artist Michio Ihara and his team have begun restoration on his art piece: Pawtucket Prism, originally installed in the 1980’s. The Dutton Street Mural, a work of Lowell artist Leo Panas, one of the last of the murals honoring the immigrant heritage of Lowell workers, was revealed on its original location at 167 Dutton Street after a complete restoration.

Public Art is a big part of the Lowell landscape, and each of these installations included partnerships across various community organizations and the City of Lowell.

“Public art is much needed in the city,” says Andrew Jacobson, chairman of the Cultural Organization of Lowell. “It helps promote a city and allows it to become more vibrant and exciting. Barbara Poole's Veils of Color along the canal behind Lowell Community Health Center, is a perfect example.” "It's exciting to see the resurgence of public art activity in the city, especially the restoration of both the Irish-themed mural of the 1970s and ‘Pawtucket Prism’ by Michio Ihara from the mid-80s," said Paul Marion, president of the Lowell Heritage Partnership. "Barbara Poole's wonderful colored veils project at Appleton Mills shows us how we can see old places in a new way." 

For more information on these installations and more public arts attractions in Lowell, please visit is the official webpage for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (CASE) at the City of Lowell, MA. We’re here to tell everyone that There’s A Lot To Like about Lowell.

Contact Information: 
Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
50 Arcand Drive, Lowell, MA