New art sculpture symbolizes Erie’s history

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ERIE, Pa. — A massive sculpture in a unique area of the city was dedicated Wednesday morning.

A 10-by-20 foot sculpture entitled “Fruits of Labor” is meant to symbolize Erie’s movement from agriculture to manufacturing and how it changed our world.

The sculpture is the second public art work produced through the Erie Arts and Culture Art & Industry project.

It is located on East 13th and Holland streets across from Lovell Place, a location that was once part of the industrial corridor.

“The building itself has a lot of history with in the industry but also the neighborhood around it where a lot of our laborers lived as they would travel back and forth to work so it is an important place for us to honor,” Executive Director of Erie Arts and Culture Amanda Brown-Sissem said.

The sculpture is made from recycled metals from local manufacturers and was created with the help of local artists and students at the Erie County Technical School.

A third piece of public art will be placed at the intersection of West 12th Street & Greengarden Boulevard. 

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