Take in Bike Tour of Public Art in Cambridge: Central Square, Cambridgeport, and Riverside

This post notes outstanding outcomes of an exciting event one perfect evening in late July 2022: the beautifully organized free bike tour of Cambridge public art between Central Square and the Charles River. 1. Bike-riders of all ages gathered outside the Central Square Library for an overview of art around the library and along the planned route of the whole tour. Cambridge police and attentive volunteers guided everyone safely through the sunset finale. 2. The tour is now engagingly documented in a 2-minute video. 3. The route has become a self-guiding tour for cyclists, though certainly adaptable to walkers. Facts, links and videos on the tour site are informative and intriguing for interested readers far from Cambridge. 4. The whole experience even elevated my already towering enthusiasm for public art!

My own iPhone photos here give glimpses along the tour from Central Square branch of Cambridge Public Library to David Nunes Park, all better seen and explained on the Cambridge tour site or even better in person at your preferred pace.

“The art on the tour addresses civil rights, community activism, wildlife in Cambridge, and other themes. Around the library and Green Street parking garage, we’ll see mosaics by Lilli Ann Rosenberg; a stairway installation by Edwin Andrews; murals by Cedric Douglas and Silvia López Chavez; graphics by John Powell; and a poem by Benjamin Tolkien.” ( quote from bike tour description )

Then bike to Vusumuzi Maduna’s restored “Inner City Totem I” at the Cambridge Community Center” ( quote from bike tour description )

“..recently refreshed William Reimann granite carvings at Corporal Burns Park”(quote from bike tour description )

David Fichter’s mural on Trader Joe’s”(quote from bike tour description )

Bernard LaCasse’s restored “Beat the Belt” mural on Micro Center” (quote from bike tour description )

Vivian Beer’s restored “Thunderhead” bench at David Nunes Park“(quote from bike tour description )

KEY RESOURCES

Free Bike Tour of Public Art

Self-Guided Tour Of Public Art In Central Square, Cambridgeport, Riverside

Earlier ART OUTDOORS posts related to a few points on the tour: AFRICAN MASKS GENERATED ART IN RESTORED SCULPTURES BY VUSUMUZI MADUNA ; MORE NEW MURALS: SILVIA LÓPEZ CHAVEZ IN CAMBRIDGE, IMAGINE (SNEHA SHRESTHA) IN SOMERVILLE ; Large lovely new nests rest on granite posts designed decades ago by William Reimann; MURALS OFFER MANY WAYS TO CELEBRATE A CITY: “CHELSEA RESILIENT: CALL AND RESPONSE THROUGH THE AGES” AND “CITY OF DREAMS”

4 comments

  1. What a great idea! Sorry I missed it, would have enjoyed doing that.

    1. Thanks very much for your interest! I hope that Cambridge Arts will offer additional bike tours of public art. Meanwhile, the self-guided tour is an excellent resource!

  2. Don’t forget the Dream Towers in the heart of Central Sq.

  3. Marjory Wunsch · · Reply

    Loved the kids on Thunderhead Bench. Thanks. Marjory

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