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Utopian Park Public Art Project


Located in Lowell's developing Hamilton Canal District, Utopian Park has been selected as the site of a major public art piece that will signal the area's importance as a creative entrance-way to the City of Lowell. The approximately 1-acre parcel at the convergence of the Hamilton and Pawtucket Canals is highly visible along Thorndike Street (via the Thorndike Street exit off the Lowell Connector) and is located next to the Lowell Judicial Center (currently under construction and scheduled for completion during Q4 of 2019). The park, which was designed by CRJA-IBI Group, is now open to the public.

Artist Nancy Selvage has reworked the design of the piece based on public feedback. 

When completed,  "Hydro," (pictured above) will be a focal point of the park. Public art in the Hamilton Canal area is integral to the City of Lowell’s ongoing redevelopment of its historic mill district.  The City is committed to the renewed economic vitality of the area built on a foundation of civic engagement and the arts. To realize this vision, the City of Lowell, the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), and Lowell National Historical Park developed an exciting Hamilton Canal District Public Art Master Plan.

View the official Hamilton Canal District Public Art Master Plan, prepared in January 2012 by the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

View Nancy Selvage's artistic Project Plan for the creation of "Hydro"

 Thank you to our funders for supporting the design and development of "Hydro"

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

The Fund for the Arts at New England Foundation for the Arts 

The National Endowment for the Arts

Be a part of public art!

Become a friend of Point Park today. 

Make a donation of $25 or more and receive a "Hydro" t-shirt and a personal invitation to the unveiling of Hydro. 

Interested in becoming a Public Art Benefactor by making a larger donation? 

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