PATHWAYS: Contemporary Art on the Minuteman Bikeway, was initiated by Arlington Public Art in 2017 to bring art to one of the Town's busy public spaces and enhance the connection between the 2 hubs of the town's Cultural District – Capitol Square in East Arlington and Arlington Center. The Minuteman offers another walking or biking route between the shops, cafes, and arts/culture spaces of these two vibrant neighborhood centers.
Two works are planned for 2019:
- ROOM TO GROW by Freedom Baird, a space combining sculpture and native plants that offers a place to contemplate the environment, sustainability, and the relationships between humans and nature.
- FOLLOW THE DOTS by Johnny Lapham, an installation of colorful wooden discs that dance along the hillside edging the Bikeway between Lake and Linwood Streets. You may recognize this work from Johnny's popular transformations of a Mass Avenue bus shelter and the Arlington Service Station last year.
Two new works were installed in 2018 and are still on view:
- COLONY by Christopher Frost, a playful sculptural "village" of fantastical dwellings perched in a landmark tree near Spy Pond (where the Bikeway crosses Linwood Street); and,
- EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY BIRDS by Resa Blatman, a series of painted portraits of local birds turned into postcards with complementary text by Ellen Reed introducing the public to birdwatching and stewardship in Arlington's parks and back yards.
PATHWAYS provided the vision and practical experience for Bikeway Haiku, a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman; 100 haiku poems by people of all ages and walks of life were stenciled on the pavement of the Bikeway in Arlington, Lexington and Bedford.
PATHWAYS is made possible by a collaboration with the Arlington Bicycle Committee; the Bicycle Commitees of Lexington and Bedford joined in to plan and implement Bikeway Haiku.
PATHWAYS is generously funded by grants from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additional funding provided by the National Park Service and contributions from individual supporters.