"Pathways", a participatory public art project in Fitchburg, MA.
Created through a collaboration of The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, The City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University. This public artwork was designed by Gillian G. Christy. www.GillianChristy.com Funded by: Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DeMoulas- Market Basket This public art project centered around a dynamic public planning effort, and began with gathering community input at community meetings, standing at the future sculpture site and visiting with community members of Fitchburg, MA. Work began in May 2009. The design of "Pathways" integrated these community ideas as well as met agreed upon project specifications from the public art committee, while also maintaining a pleasing visual aesthetic. This process focused centrally on the “sense of place” concept outlined in the original call for artists. "Pathways" also known as The Art on Water Street Project ( http://artwaterstreetbridge.tumblr.com/ ) is central to the community’s effort of celebrating the entrance to downtown as well as a beginning contribution to the creative and economic growth in the Fitchburg community. The central theme of the artwork is the pattern that the river and rails create as they travel through the landscape. The imagery is composed of sculpted details that tell a story, touch on the rich history of Fitchburg and ultimately converge to honor the future of the City. "Pathways" was installed November 2010.