PATHWAYS: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway
Arlington Public Art partnered with the Arlington Commission on the Arts and Culture and the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee to develop public art for a section of the Bikeway running from Linwood Circle to the entrance at Swan Way near the Kickstand Cafe. This section connects the two anchors of Arlington's new Cultural District: Capitol Square and Arlington Center; PATHWAYS enhances the vibrancy of the District.
In 2017, we commissioned 5 temporary projects.
- Rhetoric of Opposites by Nilou Moochhala, a work consisting of 25 pairs of words stencilled on the pavement of the bikeway, exploring the way language can be used to polarize opinion and divide people. Most of this work has washed away in the last year, but you can still see a few pairs here and there along the way.
- Flutter by collaborators Claudia Ravischiere and Michael Moss, an installation of 65 translucent plexiglas butterflies calling attention to the amazing strength and resilience of these tiny creatures.
- Ripple by Adria Arch and the Arlington Knitting Brigade, a large-scale fiber piece transforming a group of trees with color, pattern and texture.
- Current by 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.
- City Fox by Stewy, a stenciled fox and rabbit by British street artist who has catalogued urban wildlife surviving in the City of London.
Current and Rhetoric of Opposites continued on view through the end of 2018.
PATHWAYS pays tribute to the rustic beauty of the Bikeway, a converted railway track that is one of the Town's treasures, a well-travelled greenspace used and enjoyed by thousands every day. It was originally organized as part of the celebration of the Bikeway's 25th Anniversary. PATHWAYS contributes to the vibrancy of the Town's newly designated Cultural District, which runs from Capitol Square in East Arlington to Arlington Center.
PATHWAYS is curated by Arlington's Public Art Consultant Cecily Miller in collaboration with a committee of representatives from APA and ACAC: Adria Arch, Lorri Berenberg, Barbara Costa and Stephanie Marlin-Curiel. For more information contact Cecily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PATHWAYS is supported by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional support provided by a grant from the National Park Service and contributions from individual supporters.