New Public Art in Bedford– A Collaborative Effort!

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Working on the project on a recent sunny day were Sean Hagan, Art Program Director for the Bedford Schools, and BHS art instructor Kate Sussman along with students Lily Barsam-Thompson and Max Goldman – Courtesy image (c) 2019, all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director

The images on the utility box reference both the nearby garden maintained by the Bedford Garden Club and the bicyclists who frequent the area at the end of the Minuteman Bikeway – Courtesy image (c) Sean Hagan, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Bedford’s newest public art uses a standard utility box located on South Road near Railroad Avenue in the Depot Area as a “canvas” for a community art project. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Bedford High School Art Students, Lily Barsam-Thompson (class of 2021), Maxwell Goldman (class of 2019), Katie Sussman (Staff Member of the Art Department) and High School Art Director Sean Hagan painted the mural on the utility box at the corner of Railroad Avenue and South Road in Bedford.

A year in the making, the project evolved with the guidance of the Bedford Arts and Culture Working Group, assistance provided by Economic Development Director Alyssa Sandoval and Planning Director Tony Fields, and approval from the Bedford Selectmen. The Economic Development Office received a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council helping to launch the project into reality. According to Sean Hagan, “the idea for the overall design came from the location of the utility box, which is across from the Bikeway Source. We wanted it to be a mixture of natural floral elements and bicycle imagery.”

The addition of public art in visible areas creates an environment where more people want to walk outside, enjoy the outdoors, visit parks and businesses, and creates a more vibrant community for residents.

We are excited to bring more opportunities for public art to Bedford. Come learn more about our proposed Cultural District in Bedford at our booth at Bedford Day!

For questions, please contact Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director, at 781-275-1111 or asandoval@bedfordma.gov .