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HARVARD SQUARE DESIGN PROJECT

The overall goal of this first extensive infrastructure project for Harvard Square since the Red Line subway extension was completed in 1985 is to improved conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic through improvements to plazas, sidewalks, roadway, and lighting. The project artist, Jody Pinto was commissioned to bring creativity and artistic vision to this urban design effort, with the intention of making the place itself the artwork rather than creating an art object for the place. After initial research and a series of meetings with community and business leaders, Pinto is focusing on turning Palmer Street into a more attractive and dynamic part of Harvard Square. Construction is expected to begin in 2004.

Internationally renowned for her creative integration of art into urban landscapes, Pinto has completed close to forty public art projects since 1975. She has received several awards, including Design for Transportation Award from the National Endowment for the Arts (1996), Federal Design Achievement Award (1995), and two National Honor Awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA; 2002 and 1992). Her work has been discussed in more than eighty catalogues and books and over one hundred articles. Her drawings are in the permanent collections of several major art museums, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Des Moines Art Center in Iowa; the Denver Art Museum; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Further information about the infrastructure project can be found on the Cambridge Community Development Department's web site: http://www2.cambridgema.gov/cdd/et/infra/hsq/hsq.html