'Laces Of Lynn' Sculpture Ties The History Of The City Together

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LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Construction on a new art installation in downtown Lynn began this week, bringing the city-commissioned "Laces of Lynn" sculpture to Mt. Vernon Street Plaza.

Artist, Kevin Orlosky created a five-foot web of steel shoelaces, to show what he calls "a visual manifestation of community participation and pride." The steel laces are meant to literally tie the history of Lynn as a shoe mecca to the values of the diverse and growing city it is today.

"I try to encompass the entire color spectrum to represent as much diversity as possible," he told WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy.

There are also words transcribed on the laces of the sculpture.

"I engaged with over 400 Lynn residents for them to submit a word that best describes themselves," Orlosky said. Those descriptions are now etched in the sculpture in eight different languages.

The installation is part of a 2020 initiative called "Lynnspiration." It's a collaborative effort between the City and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, who released a national call for artist to design a sculpture for Mt. Vernon Street Plaza.

WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports

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