Arlington Public Art

Arlington Public Art

Bikeway Haiku

We have just concluded a call for an upcoming exhibit of BIKEWAY HAIKU, a new public art project! We sought voices of all kinds – witty, wild, personal, political – and writers of all ages.. A selection committee has chosen over 100 haiku for installation on the Bikeway in the three towns. Look for the haiku on the bikeway this fall. All submitted haiku will be published on our website. Additional haiku may be displayed in public spaces as other opportunities arise.

25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Arlington Public Art and the bike committees of Arlington, Lexington and Bedford are collaborating to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway with 10 miles of haiku poetry created by our diverse communities and stenciled onto the pavement. The Munroe Center for the Arts, the public libraries of Arlington and Lexington, and Arlington Center for the Arts have joined in as project partners. .

On Saturday, September 29 the three towns will host a day of celebration with live music, art and haiku along the Bikeway in all three towns. Save the date!

WHY HAIKU?

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that often calls attention to small, closely observed moments in the human and the natural worlds. Haiku writers often recall a moment of beauty; however, they also use humor, a shift in mood, or unexpected juxtapositions to create a surprise in their poems. Although haiku can be read quickly, these short poems can offer ideas and images to take away for longer reflection.

We selected haiku for this project for these qualities and because it will give writers with different interests, perspectives and life experience a shared form to express diverse points of view.

THE THEME

The Bikeway, and your experience of it. The Bikeway is an extraordinary resource, one of the first (and most heavily used) rail-to-trail paths in New England. Originally a train route, its conversion to a bike route preserved a public way and miles of greenspace and habitat for birds and animals. The Bikeway travels through busy town centers as well as beautiful and inspiring natural places. It changes with the seasons and time of day, and everyone experiences it differently.

PROJECT LEADERS

Cecily Miller, Project Director Liz LaManche, Consulting Artist Members of the Bicycle Advisory Committees for Arlington, Lexington and Bedford Munroe Center for the Arts, Lexington Arlington, Lexington and Bedford Public Libraries

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Charles Coe
Grey Held
Gloria Mindock

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.