THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 31, 2019 Page 3 ARTLine brings new energy to city streetscapes By Barbara Taormina M alden’s ARTLine is gearing up to unveil a new round of public art and pocket parks throughout the city. Malden Arts Vice President Candace Julyan was at this week’s City Council meeting to deliver an update on the latest projects along the city’s ARTLine, an outdoor art gallery of murals and sculpture along the Northern Strand Community Trail. Julyan said that thanks to private donations, a said Julyan, adding that even among that crowd, Malesky and his work stood out. Malesky sent photos of a couple of his cyclist sculptures, and ARTLine members agreed bicycles was a great idea for the organization’s fi rst piece of sculpture. “He’s creating a sculpture just for us,” said Julyan. Landscape architect Clay Larsen, the project manager for Malden’s Bike to the Sea organization – which has spent decades developing and promoting the Northern Strand reputation as a destination for art afi cionados. The last piece of ARTLine news that Julyan shared this week focused on a mural planned for the back of 110 Pleasant St. Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song “Spirit in the Sky,” which was written by Malden native Norman Greenbaum, the mural will depict a large, multicultural hand unfurling a strip of rainbow skyward. Julyan said that for the next phase of ARTLine, organizers hope to tap a more diverse group of local artists to create murals and sculptures for the Northern Strand Community Trail. However, she added that the fi rst group of projects were chosen to showcase some of the city’s most famous artists. City Councillors took turns Joe Malesky, a former machinist who is now a metal sculptor, is creating a new version of his cyclist-themed works for ARTLine’s pocket park on Canal Street. (Advocate Photo by Barbara Taormina) $27,000 matching grant from MassDevelopment, a $25,000 state budget amendment to support the ARTLine courtesy of State Senator Jason Lewis and $40,000 from the city’s Community Preservation fund, Malden Arts now has $100,000 to move the ARTLine forward. The fi rst of a series of upcoming ARTLine events is scheduled for June 20 when Malden Arts members will unveil a new pocket park on Canal Street across from Cambridge Health Alliance. Julyan said the Canal Street site will feature one of three benches created for ARTLine by California-based designer and sculptor Colin Selig, who turns old propane tanks into inviting street furniture. “He calls it upcycling instead of recycling,” said Julyan, adding that the benches are 99 percent reused material. Canal Street will also have a piece of sculpture depicting a group of cyclists created by Missouri-based machinist-turned-sculptor Joe Malesky. “We put out a call to artists for proposals and we received 120 responses from artists all over the U.S. and Canada,” Community Trail – will contribute the third element to the Canal Street pocket park: a “River of Ties” mural comprised of freestanding panels that tells the story of the Malden River’s herring run. ARTLine will unveil another pocket park on Ferry Street late this summer. “We found someone who creates bike racks that are zip codes,” said Julyan, adding that Malden can expect to soon see a 02148 bike rack on Ferry Street. The park will also feature another upcycled bench by Selig and another section of Larsen’s River of Ties mural that celebrates Malden’s railroad history. A zip code bike rack and a Selig bench will also be installed in a pocket park in Linden Square along with an unannounced sculpture. Julyan also announced that painter, sculptor and printmaker Frank Stella, who is also a native of Malden, has agreed to create a mural for the hockey rink on Eastern Avenue. Stella, who has an international reputation as a leading fi gure of 20th -century American art, should add plenty to ARTLine’s For great advertising rates: JMitchell@advocatenews.net thanking members of Malden Arts and praising ARTLine. “It’s so important to bring this vibrancy to the city,” said Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy, who added that ARTLine projects are highlighting hidden pieces of the city’s past for the community. “It’s very exciting, very colorful and it brings life to diff erent parts of the city,” said Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe. “The ARTLine is also bringing the community together.” Ward 6 Councillor David Camell also felt that public art and particularly ARTLine has the power to unite people by solidifying the community’s collective vision of their city. “And that creates a new big bang for what’s going to come in the future,” he said. ENCORE CASINO DRIVING OPPORTUNITY!! 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