Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

No food, just fun (and a beer video that brought a tear to my eye…)

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This has been a fantastic weekend so far, full of great weather and fun activities.  Saturday was CT Sheep and Wool with Amanda.  We saw sheep (of course)…

Sheep
These guys were waiting to be sheared.

And, if you wanted to, you could buy a full fleece.

Fleece
This one came from sheep #143 in flock #189 at Winterbrook Farm.

There were also alpacas…

Alpaca!

…And oxen!

Ox

Connecticut is a very small festival, but a lot of fun.

This morning I was downtown bright and early for the Lowell Public Art Tour.  It was interesting, informative, fun, and a great way to while away a Sunday morning.  We began with Mico Kaufman’s Homage to Women

Lowell Public Art Tour

Moved on to Carlos Dorrian’s Human Construction

Lowell Public Art Tour

…Michio Ihara’s Pawtucket Prism

Lowell Public Art Tour
It’s supposed to be kinetic, with running water moving the squares. I would love to see this as it was meant to be seen.

Then we headed over to Agapetime by Dimitri Hadzi.

Lowell Public Art Tour

It was commissioned by Paul and Niki Tsongas in honor of their parents. On the tour, I learned that Paul Tsongas had a bit of a problem with the small part in the center of the piece…

Lowell Public Art Tour

…because it looks like an elephant. Paul Tsongas was a Democrat (although his father was a Republican so, in a way, it’s a fitting tribute to him).

We moved on to the Jack Kerouac Commemorative – excerpts of Kerouac’s books appear on granite columns, creating a tribute to his words. This is my personal favorite:

Lowell Public Art Tour
“When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.”

The granite columns and benches form the shapes of crosses and mandala circles, reminiscent of Jack’s Roman Catholic heritage and Buddhist beliefs. They also reflect the world around them…

Lowell Public Art Tour

Boardinghouse Park brought us to spindles, spools and the silhouette of Francis Cabot Lowell.

Lowell Public Art Tour

Lowell Public Art Tour

Francis Cabot Lowell founded Lowell, but the city was built by both the mill girls, honored in Ellen Rothenberg’s Industry Not Servitude!

Lowell Public Art Tour
Truth loses nothing upon investigation

As is woman, so is the race.
Try again! Industry not servitude! As is woman, so is the race.
(I didn’t take this one today – the ice should have given it away)

Lowell Public Art Tour
“SO UP AND DOWN BEFORE HER LOOM/SHE PACES ON, AND TO AND FRO,/TILL SUNSET FILLS THE DUSTY ROOM,/AND MAKES THE WATER REDLY GLOW,/AS IF THE MERRIMACK’S CALM FLOOD/WERE CHANGED INTO A STREAM OF BLOOD./TOO SOON FULFILLED, AND ALL TOO TRUE/THE WORDS SHE MURMURED AS SHE WROUGHT:/BUT, WEARY WEAVER, NOT TO YOU/ALONE WAS WAR’S STERN MESSAGE BROUGHT:/”WOMAN!” IT KNELLED FROM HEART TO HEART,/”THY SISTER’S KEEPER KNOW THOU ART!”

…And the Irish laborers, honored in The Worker by Ivan and Elliot Schwartz:

Lowell Public Art Tour

The full set of images can be seen on Flickr.

The rest of the day was filled with swimming and meeting a new friend for a few beers.

And speaking of beer, have you seen this yet?  (You really need to head over to that link…)

I Am A Craft Brewer from I Am A Craft Brewer on Vimeo.

It brought a tear to my eye…  I think that beer will be brewed sometime in my future.

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Author: Marianne

Hi my name is Marianne Gries, welcome to Art is the Handmaid of Human Good. I use this space to write about and share pictures of things that interest me. That includes my life in Lowell, my adventures in car-lite living, the food I cook and eat, my dogs, home improvement projects, vacations, knitting, and interesting things and places I see and visit. Thanks for stopping by!

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