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Jamaica Plain has been welcoming immigrants since its inception. In the early 1990s, waves of Irish, German and Canadian immigrants came for job opportunities in local factories. Though the neighborhood experienced a downturn in the 1970s, it has recently been revitalized by an influx of college students and a large LGBTQ population. Today, it is known as a diverse community of political activists and artists wth a significant Spanish-speaking population hailing from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba. It even has a specific area called "The Latin Quarter."
Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain is home to the "Reach" statue by Douglas Kornfeld. "Reach" is composed of five 8”x 8” stainless steel square tubes and creates the form of a 25-foot monumental hand. The sculpture symbolizes the immigrant experience of reaching up to climb the ladder of success in America. The form of a hand is only visible from the central axis of the park. From all other vantage points, the sculpture appears abstract.
Each upright of the sculpture has two engraved quotations at eye level. The quotations were written by youth who live in the Hyde Square neighborhood and describe their, or their family’s, experiences as immigrants in America. The joints of the contorted uprights are purposely left exposed to symbolize the different turning points or changes in the life of an American immigrant.
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