New Public Art Featured in CODAmagazine

7/27/20167 years ago

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DeWitt Godfrey's Quake and Christopher Janney's Light Shadow: MLK

Two recent additions to the Cambridge Public Art collection are featured in this month's CODAmagazine as outstanding examples of interactive public art. 

DeWitt Godfrey's Quake spans the new Waverly Extension, a shared bike and pedestrian pathway connecting Cambridgeport and MIT. Quake features Godfrey's signature thin steel circular forms and creates an unexpected experience for those passing through. 

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Quake, a new public art commission by artist DeWitt Godfrey in Cambridge, MA.

Christopher Janney's Light Shadow: MLK is sited at the newly renovated Putnam Avenue Martin Luther King School and features an interactive light and soundscape that delights and engages the students, teachers, staff, and visitors. The artwork also serves as a laboratory for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning. Students have access to a computer model of the piece, allowing them to reprogram the wall with their own light and soundscapes. 

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About Cambridge's Percent-for-Art Program

Implemented via City Ordinance, Percent-for-Art requires that one percent of the construction costs on municipal capital investment be designated for use in developing site-responsive public artwork. With a core focus on increasing the quantity, quality and overall awareness of art in the city’s public space, the Arts Council has overseen the creation and development of more than 200 artworks. These artworks can be found in a variety of locations including youth and senior centers, schools, libraries, parks, plazas and sidewalks. Artworks sited through this program engage directly with their surroundings to create, enrich, or reveal a sense of place. Each artwork is created in active response to the character and history of its location and reflects the dynamic and creative exchange between professional artists and the broader community.