Dave Perry takes to the UMass Lowell website to share his observations from last Saturday’s Lowell Walks kickoff tour. The next tour is tomorrow morning at 10am from the National Park Visitor Center at 246 Market Street. “Lowell Public Art Collection” is the topic and Paul Marion and Rosemary Noon will be the tour guides.
Here’s some of what Dave wrote about last week’s tour:
Early on the Saturday morning tour, Fred Faust told a crowd of 81 a story about the mix of federal and local funding for sculptor Mico Kaufman’s Homage to Women statue in the courtyard along Market Street in downtown Lowell. Decades ago, Lowell’s progressive workhorse U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas secured $75,000 in federal funding for the bronze statue, which celebrates the labor of women in Lowell’s industrial revolution.
Tsongas assigned his then-aide Faust to get the other $25,000 from local sources. The door through which Faust had to pass was Joe Tully, the crusty city manager and political cog who turned or froze the faucet of power and money in the city.
It was a fascinating insider’s tale (in which the funding eventually appeared, via Tully, but not before he pronounced the sculptor’s design, “like a bunch of lobsters dancing”) and brought the city’s rich history to life. [read more]