Arlington Public Art

Arlington Public Art

Pathways: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway

APA launched PATHWAYS in 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway, a town treasure. The initiative pays tribute to the rustic beauty of the Bikeway, a historic railway line converted into a paved path that traverses the length of Arlington to connect with neighboring Cambridge and Lexington. PATHWAYS brings art to this well-traveled greenspace; one of New Englands busiest bikeways, the Minuteman is used and enjoyed by thousands every day.

We also seek to create a new connection for East Arlington/Capitol Square and Arlington Center – the two anchor neighborhoods of Arlington’s new Cultural District – with pedestrian and bike friendly exhibitions of temporary public art. PATHWAYS installations are sited along a lovely – and lively – stretch of the Bikeway between Linwood Circle and Swan Place. This half-mile section features vistas of Spy Pond and shady areas surrounded by tall canopy trees. We invite artists to develop site-specific outdoor work exploring the themes of nature and community inspired by this green corridor running through the center of the town. If you have an idea for a project on the Bikeway, please contact our curator and public art consultant, Cecily Miller.

what is pathways

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.