"Pathways", Stainless Steel, 10’h x 22’w x 5’d, 2010
Forge a decorative panel or register to show off your skills with live forging! Lots of cash prizes and fun to be had at The third annual Fitchburg Forge-In Saturday October 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park off Boulder Drive, in Fitchburg, MA.
I look forward to this next event where I will get to meet and speak with all of you in attendance, as well as participate in some forging myself!
Get your registration form with all of the details here.
Thursday August 6, Ellen DiGeronimo and I were at the base of the bridge to talk with you. It was a busy, hot summer day on Water Street Bridge, so I would especially like to thank those of you who took a moment to stop, listen and chat. If you were in a car, or watching from the other side of the street, I was able to introduce myself to many passers-by. I was also able to explain the public art project that is currently underway in Fitchburg.
Most importantly, I was able to discuss your thoughts and opinions on what should decorate the bridge since you will view this permanent sculpture for years to come. So many of you that I spoke with are eager see the bridge beautified, and would like to see the natural elements highlighted and the history of Fitchburg come to life.
Water Street Bridge in Fitchburg, MA seen from a distance.
Over coffee, I held a discussion at Rollstone Studios regarding Art on Water Street Bridge. Memories, insights, historic facts and current issues were referenced. These largely included the three major points that keep Fitchburg “rolling”; River, Railroad and Industry.
I spent a lovely morning at a rather bustling cafe with Ellen DiGeronimo. After breakfast, we visited outlying neighborhoods, Crocker Field, old mills, and followed the river into town for our morning meeting.
“The first Fitchburg train pulled into town March 5, 1845.” -Joy Contois
In early May I took my first trip to Fitchburg, MA to meet people, see the town and visit the site. I was pleasantly surprised with a scheduled whirlwind of activities. First, I attended the unveiling ceremony for the H.M. Francis plaques that were recently cast in bronze and placed on all H.M. Francis buildings in Fitchburg. Then headed over to Rollstone Studios for the first working meeting with local artists and community members regarding thoughts, memories, and details on the surrounding areas of the Water Street Bridge that may impact the final design. We also discussed a plan of action for future meetings and events I will attend.