Room to Grow

Room to Grow

Room to Grow
Freedom Baird

Native plants, cast-off furniture, spackle, house paint
Room to Grow will be on view through September 29, 2019

The Minuteman Bikeway is an ideal place to spend time in the world of green growing things, and to consider issues of environmental health and sustainability, as well as how humans and nature interact. With the installation Room to Grow, local artist Freedom Baird offers a space to consider and talk about how human habitat and nature intertwine, literally!

Room To Grow is located on the edge of the Minuteman Bikeway just west of Linwood Street near Spy Pond Park. Baird has selected plants that are native and non-invasive, and several support pollinators. The simple pieces of furniture were salvaged from curbside trash and saved from landfill; Baird transformed them with several layers of paint. By juxtaposing native plants with human-made objects, Baird raises questions regarding the origins of the elements used to construct Room to Grow: what sort of trees were this chair, this table, this dresser, before we turned them into furniture? From which rocks in the earth did the metal in this lamp and this bed-frame come from? From which drops of crude oil was this paint derived?

Nature creates, and humans create. And when it comes down to it, humans are part of nature. So how do these materials we use and the objects we create fit into the biosphere?

We invite you to join this conversation. Look for Baird here this summer as artist-in-residence organized by Arlington Public Art and the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture. She will be tending the installation and discussing humans and nature with visitors!


Stop by and say hello, have a conversation, and watch Room to Grow evolve. Freedom Baird will be on-site, weather permitting, most Sundays in July, August and September from 3 to 6 pm.

  • Sunday July 7
  • Sunday July 14
  • Sunday July 21
  • Sunday August 4,
  • Sunday August 18
  • Sunday August 25
  • Sunday Sept 8
  • Sunday, September 15 – Community Potluck and Reception (raindate Sept 22)
  • Sunday September 22


As a sculptor and installation artist, Freedom Baird draws from her interdisciplinary background in the performing, visual, and media arts. Originally from New York City, she is based in Cambridge, MA. She received an MS in media arts and sciences from MIT’s Media Lab, and an MFA in sculpture/installation from Mass College of Art & Design. She was an artist in resdence on the Boston Harbor Islands in 2018 and has recently exhibited work at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.