Malden Arts announces Phase Two of the ARTLine, a public art gallery on the Northern Strand Community Trail along the Malden section of the 10-mile path. Phase Two is composed of three new additions. On May 22, the first new addition, the mural “Life’s Little Victories” by Malden-born artist Keith Knight, who is known for his award-winning comics and a Hulu series based on his life experiences, was dedicated.
On June 15 at 6 p.m., the Malden COVID Memorial Park, a pocket park and mural honoring both those who lost their lives and those who helped us through the pandemic, will be officially opened. The COVID Memorial Park includes two sculptures (a fish and a wave), two benches and a mural of poetry and art from local residents. The pocket park is located at the Franklin Street crossing of the trail and provides a special place to remember and honor the experiences that COVID brought to all of us.
Thanks go to State Senator Jason Lewis who had state funds set aside for Phase Two of the ARTLine, to former Malden Councillor Debbie DeMaria, who provided both the inspiration for the COVID focus and additional funding for the sculptures, and to State Representative Paul Donato, who was instrumental in working with the MBTA regarding the site location.
The third mural, which will be unveiled on June 20 at 6 p.m., features photos of the amazing diversity of cyclists taken by Malden’s own photographer Susi Ecker. This mural is located on the Malden Spring building at 93 Maplewood St. on the trail near Maplewood Square.
Save the dates – June 15 and June 20 – and join Malden Arts for “a Marvelous Month of Malden Murals” on the Northern Strand Community Trail.