When Canadian street artists Earth Crusher and Five8 came to Worcester, they had no intention of fooling around. Together, they scored the largest canvas during the 2017 POW! WOW! – the 240 feet by 33 feet wall of the Fidelity Bank Ice Center. “FAME” captures the Earth Crusher seated in the monumental post of Abraham Lincoln casting an icy stare across Green Street.
Although the 2007 closing of the old Presmet facility on Harding Street marked the end of Worcester’s leading role in the powder metallurgy industry, the site now sports the home of the Worcester Railers ice hockey team. Presmet started with Joseph Boorky in a blacksmith shop and later came to dominate the corner of Harding Street and Winter Street with a 55,000 square foot facility. In the 1960s, it was the largest independent fabricator of structural parts from metal powders in the United States, pressing and sintering approximately 25 million parts a year for a host of national companies, including most automakers. After remediation of the brownfield that Presmet left behind, the site has been redeveloped as an ice sports center complete with two rinks, a fitness club, retail space, and restaurants.