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A plaza located at Lowell’s downtown gateway is re-envisioned as a refined and flexible space to host student life, hotel guests, and seasonal performances. The architecturally shaped berms and new site amenities complement the site’s recently rehabilitated sculpture, Pawtucket Prism by Michio Ihara.

Pawtucket Prism Sculpture Plaza

Lowell, Massachusetts


This site is perched above the confluence of the Concord River and the Lower Locks of the Pawtucket Canal between the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center and Middlesex Community College in downtown Lowell, MA. The project envisions a softer, planted space with new site amenities and more positive circulation that will activate the plaza and also complement an existing sculpture, originally installed in 1986 and rehabilitated in 2017, by Michio Ihara, titled Pawtucket Prism. A new 9000 SF gathering place from which to initiate tours of Lowell’s large public art collection, provides a sense of visual gateway into downtown Lowell, views of the Concord River, and a flexible space to host student life, hotel guests, and seasonal performances such as during the Lowell Folk Festival.



Alison Duncan Design 

Photo Credit

Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events of the City of Lowell 

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