Month: May 2010

public art wednesday: the cambridge street project

Yesterday I stopped by the Cambridge Arts Council gallery at City Hall Annex to check out the Cambridge Street Project exhibition.  The exhibition displays proposals of local artists for a temporary public art “corridor” along Cambridge Street, from Inman Square to the Lechmere T-stop.  This stretch has seen better days, and I am pleased and impressed that the City decided to use a major public art initiative to promote a new identity for Cambridge Street.  Visitors to the exhibition get to vote on their preferences, and then the winner receives a large grant to implement his or her project. I was especially interested in the differences and similarities between the diverse proposals.  Several dealt with individual memory and how it relates to the physical environment: “Catch and Release” involved collecting audio stories and converting them into a digital soundscape; “Cambridge Street Stories” took individual stories and created permanent markers to them on the streetscape.  The former emphasized the process of sharing stories; the latter demonstrates the importance of commemorating small, individual moments in a permanent …