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"Sidewalk Histories"

Mandel, Mike

Central Square/Cambridgeport, Tile and Glass

Brookline Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Various locations along the sidewalks of Brookline St, south of Pacific St.

Date: 2010

Materials: Glass, mosaic, tile

Dimensions: 11 mosaics: each 4' x 3'

Mike Mandel was commissioned to create a public artwork for the Brookline Street Improvement Project. Construction from Henry Street to Pacific Street will include improved bicycle and pedestrian paths, traffic calming, improved sight lines, and lighting.  Mike will be creating tile mosaics that refer to the history of this densely populated and active street through images related to locations, businesses, people, and events. Developed from historical photographs, eleven mosaics will be installed in the sidewalk along the length of the street between Henry and Pacific Streets.  In addition, an informational sign will give sources and additional information about each of the mosaics.