In celebration of community, Memorial Day and the 77th Tour of Somerville Cycling Classic bike race, an interactive outdoor sculpture was installed on Division Street, in the hub of downtown Somerville, on Saturday, May 27. New Jersey artist and arts educator Bob Richardson conceived and designed the sculpture, and created its components with the participation of students from Immaculata High School in Somerville, Somerville High School, Middle Earth (a nonprofit agency providing services to teens and adolescents in Somerset County), and Richardson's own students from Arts High School in Newark. The project is sponsored by Arts on Division.
Among the elements of the sculpture are bicycle parts, paintings by the students, and small wire bicycle sculptures created by the students, which are "framed" by bicycle tires. The sculpture's wooden base is topped by a large, spinning wheel from which the little bicycle sculptures hang, as does the word "Somerville" spelled out in letters made of bicycle chains, made by local mechanic Mike Kassick. The base, painted white, served as a blank canvas and permanent markers were provided, engaging visitors of all ages to add their own contribution.
Be sure to check out the sculpture in person! It's right across the street from Gallery on Main. For more on 2017 Memorial Day festivities in Somerville, click here.