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Persistence: A Community Response to Pervasive Plastic

Persistence: A Community Response to Pervasive Plastic

Public Art Installation/Plastic Fiber Art

Persistence was created during a year-long town-wide Artist-in-Residence project sponsored by the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture with fiber artist Michelle Lougee. ACAC and a group of Residency Partners invited people of all ages to contribute to a collaborative public art project with an environmental message: reduce single use plastic to protect the environment!

Despite COVID’s many challenges, a dedicated group of participants continued to work from home. They persisted! The result: 37 colorful works of sculpture – each unique! Can you find them all – between Swan Place and Linwood Street, hanging in the trees?


Michelle Lougee is the Town of Arlington's first Artist-in-Residence. A fiber artist, sculptor, and ceramist, her work addresses the impact of our consumerist society on nature. She is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and her artwork has been shown in many New England museum exhibits, including Chesterwood, Worcester Art Museum, the Danforth Museum, and Bristol Art Museum. In addition, she teaches sculpture, ceramics, pottery, and drawing to adults and children at various local museums. She holds an M.F.A and a B.F.A. from Boston University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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