PATHWAYS is an innovative public art initiative with the goals of exploring issues that matter to Arlington and enhancing the Town’s already strong sense of community connection.
Sculpture, installations, and paintings on the pavement enliven the route between Lake Street and Swan Place – the section of the Bikeway in the Town’s Cultural District. Artists Johnny Lapham, Freedom Baird, and Resa Blatman – who collaborated with local bird champion Ellen Reed – have joined Christopher Frost for this summer’s exhibition. And you can also still see traces of Nilou Moochhala’s Rhetoric of Opposites, a series of word pairings painted in 2017.
Meet the Artist of ‘Room to Grow’
Mark your calendars – visit and talk with artist Freedom Baird at the site of “Room to Grow,” her installation on the Minuteman Bikeway. Baird will be present on select Sundays from 3 to 6 pm until September 29 (weather permitting): July 14 & 21; Aug 4, 18 & 25; Sept 8, 15 & 22. From Linwood Circle, walk about 500 feet west towards the Center and you will see her fenced garden on the right.
Baird created Room to Grow – an outdoor room with recycled furniture and native plantings – to prompt reflection and conversation about the environment, sustainability, and the interactions between humans and nature. Baird visits regularly to tend the garden and talk with neighbors, visitors, and passers by about a range of issues. Do you have a garden? Share your thoughts about organic techniques vs pesticide treatments, natives vs exotics, or how you learned to care for plants and where your aesthetic comes from. Are you interested in an environmental cause? Share your concerns about climate change, preservation of open space vs. development, protecting local birds, or reducing waste. Where do our attitudes about nature come from, and how have they changed with new technology and increasing urbanization? How do you think humans and nature interact, co-exist, and compete?
PATHWAYS was launched in 2017. If you have an idea for a project on the Bikeway, please contact our curator and public art consultant, Cecily Miller.