Decatur Way Path

Artist: Individuals who created works for Decatur Way include students from 26 local schools, UMass Lowell Art Prof. Stephen Mishol, poet Paul Marion, muralists Donald Maker and Kurt Ledoux of Lowell, and artist Liz LaManche of Boston (2016).  

“Decatur Way…Water, Art and You” is a new outdoor walkway and art space in Lowell’s Acre section.  The area features local artist’s murals, poetry installations and other artwork including drawings in pigment that is only visible when the pavement is wet.

Location:  220 Salem St., across the street from University Crossing building B

Veils of Color

Artist: Barbara Poole (2016)

Lowell artist Barbara Poole uses flashes of color to revitalize a stretch of the Lower Pawtucket.  Poole used the vacant window frames of the old Appleton Mill building to showcase the veils of color, dyed panels of fabric representing the dye that used to be dumped in the canal when the Appleton Mills Dye House was operating.

*Veils of Color will be taken down for the winter season.

Location: Between the Lower Pawtucket Canal and the Appleton Mills

George L. Duncan Fountains

Artist: George L. Duncan (2012)

The George L. Duncan fountain is composed of 3 custom-designed weathering steel Stacks which represent Lowell’s iconic smokestacks constructed during its industrial era.  Each of the Stacks is designed with slight modifications to allow water to either pour, spill or cascade.  This fountain structure is intended to celebrate the many ways in which water moves throughout and around the city’s hydraulic systems such as canals, spillways, and waterfalls.

Location: Between Enterprise Bank and Shattuck Street

The Worker

Artist: Elliot and Ivan Schwartz (1985)

The Worker is a sculpture of an Irish canal worker widening the canal ways of Lowell.  The historical context behind this work is to portray the significance of immigrant groups to the development of Lowell and the modern world today.

Location: Mack Plaza, Lowell Heritage State Park on the corner of Market and Shattuck Streets

Pawtucket Prism

Artist: Michio Ihara (1989)

This twenty-foot-high kinetic sculpture symbolizes the role that water power played in the development of Lowell. The artist originally designed this piece so that the water flow from metal rods would spin the copper-colored steel cubes in all directions. Unfortunately the water-powered system was too difficult to maintain and corroded the steel cubes. This sculpture was restored by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation and UMass Lowell.
The metal cubes are now new and balanced in order to be moved by the wind.

 

Location: Lowell Sheraton Hotel Lowell Locks, junction of the Pawtucket Canal & Concord River 

The Lowell Sculptures: One, Two and Three

Artist: Robert Cummings (1990)

These three pieces of art are derived from Lowell’s industrial symbols and are intended to be objects for seating and climbing.  Sculpture one is a six-ton silhouette of Francis Cabot Lowell who was the early textile manufacturer and whom the city is named after.  Sculpture two is a tipped mammoth thread spool mounted on a granite base.  Sculpture three is a saw-toothed horizontal piece.

Location: Boarding House Park, corner of French and John Streets

Agapetime

Artist: Dimitri Hadzi (1990)

This black patina bronze sculpture was commissioned by former U.S. Senator Paul E. Tsongas and Nicola Sauvage Tsongas in memory of their families.  The title means “love and honor” in Greek, and the piece symbolizes a universal tribute to the family and those Lowell families of immigrant heritage.

Location: Lower Locks, at the junction of the Pawtucket and Eastern Canals

Human Construction

Artist: Carlos Dorrien (1989)

This work consists of cut and textured stones assembled in the classic post and lintel form.  The stones in this art piece provide a gateway to Lowell and are symbols of strength and durability.  The unfinished appearance of the sculptures evokes the human process as one that is always continuously changing.

Location: Central Street, in the Pawtucket Canal

Homage to Women

Artist: Mico Kaufman (1989)

This sculpture of five intertwined figures is a tribute to Lowell’s 19th century mill girls, celebrating the contributions made by women throughout time. This statue represents the struggles and aspirations of working women everywhere and is intended to represent women of different races.

Location: Market Mills Park, Market and Palmer Streets

Stele for the Merrimack

Artist: Peter Gourfain (1996)

Stele is a standing stone or slab with textured or inscribed surfaces which serves as a monument. This sculpture commemorates the wide variety of life generated by the Merrimack River. The four sides of the work include images of flora and fauna supported by the river, along with those of the people who have depended on the river throughout history.

Location: Father Morrisette Boulevard and Suffolk Street behind the Jeanne d’Arc Credit Union office building

"A Mothers Hand" Genocide Memorial

Artist: Daniel Varoujan Hejinian (2014)

This genocide memorial is to not acknowledge the killing of 1.5 million people from 1915 to 1923 and is the first Armenian Genocide monument unveiled on the site of a government building in the U.S.  The Lowell monument is made of bronze and granite and there are two three-dimensional hands at the top of the piece of art showing a mother's hands crocheting.  At the bottom of the structure is inscribed the words "In Memory" both in English and Armenian.

Location: 375 Merrimack Street (outside City Hall)

Industry, Not Servitude

Artist: Ellen Rothenberg (1997)

Artist Ellen Rothenberg created the sculpture to recognize the women workers in nineteenth century Lowell who struggled together to improve conditions in the factories and demanded fair treatment from their employers.  Industry Not Servitude" has five sculptural elements distributed along the length of Lucy Larcom Park, which adjoins The Lowell National Historical Park for Labor and Industrial History in Massachusetts.

Location: Lucy Larcom Park along the Merrimack Canal