Sculptures stand to bring people downtown

March 13, 2012 by  

Following the example of the Main Street movement in several cities in New England, Beverly may soon see sculptures gracing Cabot Street this summer.

Beverly City Council recently heard a presentation from Gin Wallace, executive director of Beverly Main Streets Society, who would like to add “expression” to city sidewalks with artistic sculptures by local artists. The plan is to place them on the sidewalk along Cabot Street between City Hall and Dane Street.

“All of the pieces would probably be different,” Wallace said.

The Society has chosen 20 appropriate spots along Cabot Street, however, sculptures will likely be placed at just half of those locations.

“The pieces will be up for 9 to 12 months and then ideally we would come in with new pieces after that,” Wallace noted.

Other Main Street art projects in the state feature themed installations, such as animals or shoes. Wallace indicated that in the program’s first year, any type of sculpture will be considered. The call for submissions going out to local artists would be a great opportunity for poster printing by Beverly print companies, with posters likely being placed in store front windows along Cabot Street.

“The sculptures that we get this year will probably be sculptures that artists have already created,” Wallace said. “Next year we might ask artists to create something to go along with the theme.”

The head of Beverly City Council applauded the Main Street initiative.

“Any initiative to bring people to the downtown is a win for everyone,” said Paul Guanci. As a Cabot Street business owner I look forward to an increase in foot traffic once the idea comes to fruition.”