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