Explore the natural world of Cambridge. You may be surprised by what you find: bugs, crystals, birds, plants and seashells. Public art can open our eyes to the remarkable biodiversity found in an urban environment.

Michael Beatty

Lisa Houck
Scientific Observations
of the Square

Tomie Arai
Morse School Mural

Nancy Webb


Public art is often site specific. A piece tells us something about the place in which it is located. Many works in the city's public art collection reflect Cambridge's rich history. Be a detective. Can you uncover clues to the city's past?

David Judelson
Brickworker and Ballplayer

Nancy O'Neil

Lilli Ann Rosenberg
Celebrating the Marshland

Bernard LaCasse
Beat the Belt

Madeline Lord
Revolutionary Figures

George Greenamyer
East Cambridge - 1852

Community Portraits

A city is a patchwork quilt of different neighborhoods. Public artists frequently work with community members to learn what is special about their neighborhood. Take this tour to learn more about Cambridge's communities. Explore the different ways an artist reveals the depth and character of a neighborhood.

Ellery Eddy
Engine Company No. 5

Ritsuko Taho
Multicultural Manifestos

Daniel Galvez

Mitch Ryerson
Boudreau Library

Mags Harries
Longfellow School

Urban Materials

Artists often work with materials that reflect their piece's immediate environment. What is a city like Cambridge made of? The artworks on this tour were created from such urban materials as brick, glass, concrete and wood. Compare how different artists use the same materials.

Carlos Dorrien
Quiet Cornerstone

David Phillips

Vusumuzi Maduna
Inner City Totem

Jay Coogan

Lloyd Hamrol
Gate House