Colony II and Colony III

Colony II and Colony III

Colony II
2019, wood and paint
Colony III
2020, wood and paint
Christopher Frost
These two works expand on the success of Colony, a playful mash-up of architectural styles that was Christopher Frost’s first work for PATHWAYS.  Chris created the original Colony with his daughter, Basil; the two decided to create houses for local birds.  This starting point evolved into a whimsical “village” perched in a large maple tree overlooking Spy Pond and became a landmark and community favorite.  Chris and Basil constructed this sculpture using platforms that fit around the trunk like a collar; the tree’s health was protected by this design because no nails or screws were used.  However, Colony had to be removed in 2020; after two years the maple tree trunk had grown enough that the “collar” was too tight and the sculpture was starting to cut into the bark.  In addition, weather had caused wear and tear on the sculpture which could no longer be repaired.
You have to look a bit harder for Colony II and Colony III.  They are tucked away under the canopy of trees off the Bikeway.  Colony II is located where Linwood Street crosses the Bikeway, next to the bulletin board on the West side of the intersection.  Colony III is located next to the stairs that lead down to the playground in Spy Pond Park.
See an interview with Chris Frost by Anim Osmani of ACMI News here
Read more about the first Colony sculpture here, and listen to Chris talk about his original work here.
Chris Frost lives and works just over the border in Somerville. His daughter, Basil, is studying architecture at college. They both really dig birds!
Artist’s website:  https://www.christopherfrost.org/

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PATHWAYS is supported by grants from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Park Service. Additional support generously provided by donations from individual supporters of the arts and the Town of Arlington.