Saturday, May 23, 2015

Public Art to be Installed under Mosher Street Rail Bridge in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke has announced work will begin on “Arrivals,” the selected proposal for the Mosher Street Underpass Art Project, designed by the Center for Design Engagement (CDE). The project will transform a key gateway between the flats neighborhood and downtown Holyoke into a safe, inviting and creative attraction. The project is the work of Caryn Brause and Joseph Krupczynski of the Center for Design Engagement (CDE), and both are UMass Amherst Department of Architecture faculty members. Funding of $35,000 comes from a Community Development Block Grant as part of a larger improvement project to upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks at the intersection of Mosher, Race and Main Streets.

The project will consist of a 30 foot long glowing wall of light that depicts a historic scene of Main Street in Holyoke, that image will be punctuated by three vertical light boxes containing excerpts of stories of “arrival” in Holyoke.

“The intention of the project is to contrast the singular image of the city with the multiple voices of residents’ arrival stories,” explained Joseph Krupczynski. “The project is also responsive to the immediate context of the Mosher Street underpass, which is adjacent to the H.H. Richardson train station - one of the City’s great historic gateways,” he said.

“Arrivals” will capture Holyoke’s rich immigrant and migrant experience—the many stories of “arrival” that are shared by all Holyoke residents—through several public input sessions to collect “arrival” stories. The artists creating this project want to capture as many arrival stories as possible, from families who arrived in Holyoke in 1890 to the present.

"I'm excited to be working on this project for so many reasons. The City of Holyoke is doing creative and ground-breaking work by considering art as an important part of public infrastructure,” said Caryn Brause. “The project also connects Holyoke's past and the historic train station with its future in an art installation that showcases the advanced capabilities of some of the area's fabricators."
“The Mosher Street Underpass Art Project is yet another example of what public art does for a community,” Mayor Morse writes in his blog. “When completed, the ‘Arrivals’ project will have the effect of making this heavily-traveled pathway better lit and more inviting. For folks traveling from the downtown to the flats, it will provide something educational and interesting to look at.”
Story Sessions will be held on the following dates and locations:

Thursday / May 28 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM + 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts / 92 Race St, Holyoke
Monday / June 1 9:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Enlace de Familia / 299 Main Street, Holyoke
Wednesday / June 3 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Holyoke Senior Center / 291 Pine St, Holyoke
Thursday / June 4 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Holyoke Senior Center / 291 Pine St, Holyoke
Tuesday / June 9 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts / 92 Race St, Holyoke

Check for updates on the project website:

Please contact the City’s Creative Economy Industries Coordinator, Jeffrey C. Bianchine at the Office of Planning and Economic Development (413-322-5575) or by email at with any questions regarding this project. 

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