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Installation near bikeway targets plastic

UPDATED, Oct. 24: "Sculpture on the Bikeway," an installation for a community art project led by Arlington artist-in-residence Michelle Lougee, delayed its official launch and artist opening until Sunday, Oct. 24. It is expected to be live for a year.

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Michelle Longee (left) and Cecily Miller amid plarn. / Asia Kepka photo

A number of colorful creations made through the efforts of our craftivist community, working with Lougee and Arlington Public Art Curator Cecily Miller, have been installed in trees along the Minuteman Bikeway.

See some examples on Facebook >> || Oct. 21 Globe review >>

These colorful sculptures are crocheted from plarn, a "yarn" made from plastic bags, and they resemble micro-organisms found in water. The project's goal is to raise awareness of the deadly impact of single-use plastic on environmental and human health. The project is called “Persistence: A Community Response to Pervasive Plastic”and is planned to be on display for a year.

To find these wonderful "creatures," start venturing down the Minuteman Bikeway toward Alewife from the Kickstand Cafe. A paved path goes down to the fields by the Boys and Girls Club, and there is a huge tree at the fork. Three works are there, and one across the bikeway in another large tree.

Keep going, and you will find two near the Spy Pond playground on the right. The larger one is inspired by a "tardigrade" -- a tiny organism found in water.
'Persistence'About 37 colorful sculptures adorn trees along the path between Linwood Street and Swan Place. These colorful sculptures are crocheted from plarn, a "yarn" made from plastic bags, and resemble micro-organisms found in water.

This Artist-in-Residence project was generously supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Grants Committee of ACAC, and the Friends of the Fox Library. Additional support provided by generous donations through ACAC’s annual fund-raiser "Chairful Where You Sit" and from individual contributors.

For more information about the Plarn Art to Save the Planet project, see the overview page on Arts Arlington.

To volunteer for the assembly or installation projects, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Sept. 1, and updated Oct. 24.

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