City of Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, in partnership with Sculpture Space, Inc. and Empire Recycling Corporation, are proposing a sculpture honoring Essential Workers to adorn the center roundabout currently under construction on Oriskany Street/Route 5S at John Street in Downtown Utica, New York.
This sculpture will be located at the gateway to the Bagg's Square District where approximately 24,400 vehicles will pass by per day. It will be in close proximity to travelers at Union Station and the weekly public market, the Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium the Boilermaker Road Race and Utica Parade Routes.
Essential Workers kept our communities safe and functioning during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
While so much was shut down, Essential Workers continued to process materials to keep industry producing the
products we need. They transported products around the country, and made them available for us to purchase.
They worked the front lines of healthcare, public safety, law enforcement, utility and sanitation maintenance.
They grew our food, cashed our paychecks, and worked at non-profit organizations to assist those in need.