Art Hits New Bedford’s Waterfront
You might want to look twice at the jumble of vines near New Bedford's State Pier terminal.
The giant squid made out of invasive plant life is all a part of the Seaport Artwalk project opened Saturday evening on the downtown waterfront. The two exhibits displays New Bedford-themed works by local artists.
The giant plant-squid is the work of artist, Justin Cifello. He had created similar invasive plantlife works for downtown New Bedford in the past, and said the city's support for art is why he and his friends continue to return for AHA! Night and other events.
Seaport Artwalk Curator, Jessica Bregoli said many larger cities like Boston and Providence pay artists to loan pieces for display, and continued support from the city is important for the growing art culture in New Bedford.
"A lot of people come down here just to have studios that are professional artists, and I think its really important for us to keep funding and sponsoring and helping the economic development of local arts and local businesses in the city," Bregoli said.
The "Nautical Nuances" exhibit at the State Pier terminal, and the "New Bedford Works" exhibit on MacArthur Blvd. will remain on display until October.