On Thursday, June 20th, Malden Arts' ARTLine unveiled two sculptures and one mural on the ARTLine at the Canal Street Hub on the Northern Strand Community Trail. A large crowd turned out to view the newly installed public art by artists Colin Selig and Joe Malesky with a mural by Malden resident Clay Larsen. Detroit native and sculptor Joe Malesky works mostly with structural grade steel, wood and stone. Newton native artist Colin Selig utilizes junk propane tanks and transforms them into whimsical, colorful and comfortable benches. Malesky and Selig were among 120 artists across the country who answered Malden Arts' call to artists. Stay tuned for more murals and benches to be installed this summer and fall!
Since last year, drawing inspiration from the High Line, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and the mural festivals in Lynn and Worcester, Malden Arts has been working with Groundwork Somerville, Mass Development, and the City of Malden to transform Malden and its section of the Northern Strand Community Trail into the Malden Arts' ARTLine. The goal is a public art gallery with miles of professional murals, sculptures and hubs that will feature gathering spaces with bursts of art, greenscapes, and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, which will fuel economic growth through the act of creating unique and interesting places throughout Malden. Several of the Large Wall Murals will feature artwork by well-known artists, musicians, and writers including Norman Greenbaum, Ed Emberly, Frank Stella and Keith Knight who were born in Malden, as well as a River of Ties Mural celebrating the old rail corridor and the Malden River which both run though Malden.
Malden Arts members are grateful for the generosity of donors John Preotle, City Councillors Jadeane Sica, Dave Camell, Neal Anderson, Craig Spadafora, Debbie DeMaria, Ryan O’Malley and the David A. DeMaria Foundation for their support of the Ed Emberley Mural which got this project efforts started. Malden Arts is also truly grateful to the Mayor’s Office, City Council, Malden Redevelopment Authority, and Groundwork Somerville for their generous collaboration on the Malden Arts' ARTLine.