May 17, 1910

May 17, 1910 A

 

Jenks Park was a showcase for an open urban space and civic mindedness on the part of corporate sponser like Jenks and Fales, Pawtucket manufacturers of pumps, and other heavy machinery. The park was dotted with "Resting Pavillions," located under the cast iron umbrella, one of which was visible at the crest of the hill at the left. Although functional as shade or cover from passing showers, the umbrellas were sculpture on a par with other outsized celebrations of everyday objects, like Claes Oldenberg's clothes pin in Center Square, Philadelphia.