Arlington Public Art

Arlington Public Art

Past Installations — Pathways: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway

PATHWAYS was launched in 2017 to bring art into one of Arlington’s busiest public spaces: a section of the Minuteman Bikeway that traverses and connects the town’s Cultural District. Installations are sited on a segment between Linwood Street and Swan Place, a half-mile stretch lined by tall canopy trees and featuring vistas of Spy Pond. Each year we commission artists to create site-specific work inspired by the natural and social qualities of the Minuteman, a well-travelled green space which welcomes thousands of people of all ages for biking, walking with family and friends, or solitary contemplation of nature. If you have an idea for a project on the Bikeway, please contact our curator and public art consultant, Cecily Miller.

Ripple, Current, and Flutter, remained on view into 2018. Three other works, Rhetoric of Opposites, City Fox, and Bikeway Haiku were installed as temporary pieces and are no longer in view.

Adria Arch & The Knitting Brigade

Ripple is a large-scale fiber piece transforming a group of trees with color, pattern and texture.


Frank Vasello

An environmental sculpture constructed of natural materials gathered on site arranged in a pattern that evokes a river flowing down a hillside towards Spy Pond.


Claudia Ravaschiere & Michael Moss

An installation of 65 translucent plexiglass butterflies calling attention to the amazing strength and resilience of these tiny creatures.


Rhetoric of Opposites
Nilou Moochhala

A work consisting of 25 pairs of words stenciled on the pavement of the bikeway, exploring the way language can be used to polarize opinion and divide people.


City Fox

A stenciled fox and rabbit by British street artist who has catalogued urban wildlife surviving in the City of London.


Bikeway Haiku

Bikeway Haiku was unveiled on September 29th , 2018, in time for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway that included live music, a “type-in” gathering where people could write new poems on vintage typewriters, and a reading of the haiku poems.


Past Projects

More Public Art projects from the past!

Multiple Artists

Inspired by suggestions from the community around the newly redesigned Magnolia Park, the designer, Peter Hedlund, hoped to populate a small meadow with pollinator homes.


Bus Shelters
Multiple Artists

Arlington Public Art has enlisted five artists to transform five bus shelters into works of art. Each one is unique, reflecting the style and interests of each artist.


Art Rocks – Spy Pond
Multiple Artists

Art Rocks Spy Pond followed Art Rocks Menotomy Rocks in May of 2015, and involved work by 13 artists, including many local artists and some from as far away as New Hampshire and central Mass.


Art Rocks – Menotomy Park
Multiple Artists

Art Rocks Menotomy was the first outdoor public art exhibit at an Arlington park. Curated by Adria Arch, chair of Arlington Public Art, and in cooperation with Arlington Recreation and the Parks Commission, the exhibit sought to show that a temporary installation of public art could take place and be greeted with much support by the community.


News and Press

What’s With The Art on Arlington’s Minuteman Bikeway? | Arlington Patch, October 25,2017

Where arts, culture take root and thrive | Boston Globe, September 29,2017

Arlington knitters create public art on the bikeway | Arlington Advocate, September 14,2017

Bikeway art cycles away from black/white thinking | Your Arlington, July 10,2017

Minuteman bikeway public artist wants to make you think | Arlington Advocate, July 10,2017

Minuteman bikeway to host art installations | Arlington Advocate, June 26,2017

Take some art in on your ride | Boston Globe, July 13,2017

Thanks to our supporters

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.

PATHWAYS is curated by APA’s Public Art Consultant Cecily Miller in collaboration with a committee of representatives from the Arlington Commission on Art and Culture: Adria Arch, Lorri Berenberg, Barbara Costa and Stephanie Marlin-Curiel. Charles Tracy, National Park Service and Ali Carter, Arlington Planning Department, serve as PATHWAYS advisors. For more information contact Cecily at