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Chinatown Workers Statue Project by Wen-Ti Tsen

This artist-driven project by Wen-ti Tsen will produce a long-term artwork in Chinatown.

This project is currently in the design phase.

Project Details

Project Context

Artist Wen-ti Tsen submitted a proposal to the City for this project in January 2022. The City of Boston allocated $1 million toward the project as part of the FY23-FY27 Capital Plan. Wen-ti is partnering with:

  • The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture,
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy,
  • Chinatown Community Land Trust (CCLT),
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)/Pao Arts Center,
  • Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), and
  • Oxford Properties

The Boston Art Commission voted to approve the preliminary design in June 2022.

The Artwork

The project consists of a set of four life-size bronze statues that will be installed in prominent public spaces in Boston’s Chinatown. The statues aim to commemorate and pay tribute to workers who performed historically essential labor that provided livelihood in the Chinese immigrant community. The workers depicted in the statues include:

  • a laundryman,
  • a restaurant worker
  • a garmentworker, and
  • a grandmother caring for a child.

Preliminary design of Chinatown Worker Statues
Clay maquettes of Wen-Ti Tsen's preliminary design of "Chinatown Worker Statues".

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