We've commissioned James Weinberg, one of the artists who created a bus shelter for the BRT Pilot Public Art Project, to create a mural on the side of Za Restaurant in East Arlington. This location is at the border of the Town's new Cultural District, and marks the entrance to a vibrant area of locally owned creative businesses -- small shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants, theaters -- as well as non-profit organizations with missions in the arts and culture such as the public libraries and the Arlington Center for the Arts.
James has a studio in Somerville but often bikes through Arlington and enjoys the sense of nature encountered in the Town's green spaces. He designed this idyllic scene of a fox discovered in a haven of plants and other animals, with a hint of the town behind him. You have the sense that this mischevious animal is poised for the next adventure.
We are pleased to have partnered with Za Restaurant to realize this project. Za pursues sustainable practices wherever possible, from local food sourcing to compostable takeout packaging, so as to reduce their footprint on the environment. One message you could take away from this mural is that we all need to do our part to protect the natural environment and share our planet, so that wildlife – foxes, turtles, birds and deer – still have a safe home.
Thanks to the Barr Foundation, Za Restaurant, and Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development for support of this project.