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April 29, 2009

Superior Courthouse Frieze

by @ 4:18 pm. Filed under Archived

I’ve been working in the Superior Courthouse in Lowell for the past fourteen years. During that time I’ve passed through the front foyer of the building umpteen times. Sure I’ve noticed the beautiful relief sculptures on both the left and right that adorn the entryway, but not until this morning did I know that these friezes, as they are called, are much more than just decorations. These reliefs are made up primarily of various types of fruit. The artist did not randomly select these, each has a special, unique meaning and was selected for its relevance to the purpose of the courthouse. Here is a list of some of the fruit displayed on the Superior Courthouses Frieze and the meaning attributed to each fruit in art/mythology.


Pears: Virtue and Good works
Lemons: A symbol in art of a friendship gone bad
Grapes: Good works
Pomegranate: Hiden truth
Plums: Faithfulness and Independence
Figs: Security
Apples: A symbol of family

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