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Art for a cause held on bike path at Lake Street

Pop Art? No, this is pop-up art, and it's coming to the Minuteman Bikeway at Lake Street in East Arlington.

"Chairful Where You Sit" -- an outdoor art installation supported enthusiastically by the selectmen on July 16 -- aims to raise money to support the Spy Pond Mural Project.

Adria Arch, an Arlington artist who described the project to selectmen, said the installation feature repainted chairs, each for sale for $100. A chair undergoing artistic alteration is shown at left.

The work was on display just off the bike path at Lake and the bike path from Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 12. People wanting to purchase a chair were to come by between noon and 4 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12. to pay for and pick up their chair directly from the site. Donations are tax-deductible.

"Producing 'Chairful Where You Sit' has been so much fun," Arch said. "The response to this project has been amazingly good. I am very grateful to the artists who have graciously donated their time, creativity, and resources to paint an old chair in a fanciful manner."My hope is that 'Chairful' brings some joy to the passersby on the bike path, and that we can raise money for public art in Arlington, as each chair is for sale for a donation of $100 to Arlington Public Art."

Involved in "Chairful" are more than 30 artists. They include 12-year-old ShuLan Holmes-Farley of Arlington who is making an origami chair out of cardboard, two groups from the library, as well as artists from Brooklyn, East Boston and Jamaica Plain.

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This story was first published Thursday, July 12, 2012, and updated thereafter.

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