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Randal Thurston
Yerxa Road Underpass

                      

The Yerxa Road Underpass in North Cambridge provides pedestrian passage under the Fitchburg commuter rail line and links the two neighborhoods on either side of the tracks. Artist Randal Thurston has created a striking design for the double entrance to the tunnel and the 120-foot ramp that will slope gently into and out of the tunnel.

These preparatory drawings and cut-outs show some of the ideas the artist has explored. The design incorporates his characteristic silhouettes - of tree branches and roots, birds in flight, vines, and butterflies - and plays with perceptions of descending and ascending, positive and negative space, and abstraction and realism. The materials used will be powder-coated steel and concrete. The post and lintel form over the two entrances will be framed with artwork as well. The artist has written, "I want the primary experience of seeing the tunnel and slowly approaching it to be one of wonder and curiosity."

View "before and after" photos of the Yerxa Road Underpass reconstruction.
Press photos: click "Download large version" on slideshow.

For more information on the Yerxa Road Underpass Project, visit www.cambridgema.gov/cdd/et/infra/yerxa/yerxa.html.