Stenciled paper, wheatpaste
Street Art and Foxes: A Magical Combination
Arlington Public Art organized a large-scale street art project in 2016 featuring wheat-pasted photographic portraits developed by Boston artist Cedric Douglas. At the same time, we inaugurated our first Fox Festival Parade, a celebration of Arlington's urban wildlife as well as the much-loved Edith M. Fox Branch Library. The fox became a kind of unofficial mascot for the creativity, curiousity, resourcefulness, and grace -- plus a dash of mischief -- that guides our work. The fox is also an emblem of Arlington's natural beauty. The lush green spaces that shape the livability and character of our town offer food and shelter to our animal neighbors while giving human residents a vital place to revitalize body and soul.
When our Public Art Manager Cecily Miller spotted stencils of urban wildlife on-line created by London-based street artist Stewy, she knew she had found a kindred spirit! Stewy's goal is to create an A-to-Z dictionary of the animals that still survive in his global city. As in Arlington, London's birds and animals use grand parks and humble gardens for habitat, living in the spaces in between.
In a generous act of Trans-Atlantic cultural exchange, Stewy mailed us several of his stencils to wheat paste in the tunnel that runs underneath the Minuteman Bikeway near the Boys & Girls Club. This hidden, liminal space seems the perfect site to depict the shy creatures that live on the margins of our streets and buildings.