Copyright by Alice Adams 2018

"Workers' Place"

“Workers’ Place,” designed in 1985–86, is a 1121' x 90 ' wide park and promenade along the northwest bank of the Murrimac River. Lawrence, famous in the history of the US Labor Movement for the “Bread and Roses” strike of 1912, is also known at the “city of immigrants”. Artists Alice Adams and Carlos Dorrien collaborated with landscape architects Cherie Kluesing and Victor Walker and consultant John Chandler in the overall design. The “Passport Pavilion” (Adams and Dorrien) honors the workers’ origins in a granite floored overlook with its roof bordered by a frieze of passport seals etched into copper panels. The “Workers’ Memory Wall” (Adams) presents concepts of energy, work and time, along with the labor history of marches and strikes, with songs, photos and literature.  

In addition to designing the park and its elements the team put together “Potential Sites for Public Art,” a study recommending possible art locations along the pedestrian way through Lawrence Heritage State Park. “Workers’ Place” was built in 2002 including the “Passport Pavilion” but the etched copper panels have yet to be installed and remain at the Lawrence Visitors Center. A rubbing workshop with the panels was conducted in 2007. The Memory Wall was never commissioned due to lack of funds.

90’ x 1200’ x 20’–30’ elevation  Lawrence Heritage State Park  

Lawrence, Massachusetts  1988 – 2006​

Passport Seal Panels: etching and fabrication by Prawat Laucheroen