Arlington Public Art

Arlington Public Art

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.

On view

Room to GrowColony, and ExtraOrdinary Birds are on view through Fall 2019.

Colony
Christopher Frost

Sculptor Christopher Frost has created a playful architectural folly, a miniature village composed of
imagined architectural elements perched on the trunk of a mature maple tree.

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ExtraOrdinary Birds
Resa Blatman

These collectible art postcards pay tribute to neighborhood birds with painted portraits by Resa Blatman and text by Ellen Reed. A combination of gorgeous images and pithy facts will get you started with birdwatching along the Bikeway and stewardship activities in your own back yard.

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Room to Grow
Freedom Baird

Artist Freedom Baird has created an intimate outdoor room furnished with a chair, bed, and bureau salvaged from the curb and interwoven with native plantings. It’s a place to consider how humans and nature interact.

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Past Projects

Ripple, Current, and Flutter, remained on view into 2018. Two other works, Rhetoric of Opposites and City Fox, were installed in 2017 as temporary pieces and are no longer in view.

Ripple
Adria Arch & The Knitting Brigade

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

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Current
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.

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Flutter
Claudia Ravaschiere & Michael Moss

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

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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.

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City Fox
Stewy

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

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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 cecily.apa@gmail.com.