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Busycle PAI 2005


Responding to the role that transportation and urban planning play in the physical, social, and economic conditions of communities, artists Heather Clark (Boston, MA) and Matthew Mazzotta (Burlington, VT) plan to invent, construct and pilot a fully functional 15-20-person "busycle". Once constructed, the busycle will be driven in the city of Boston following a predetermined and socially responsive route and schedule. The route will begin in Dudley Square (home of the Berwick) and will travel to key points determined by residents in the neighborhood. This program will be a part of the Berwick’s new public art initiative, “The AIR Satellite Program.”

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Heather Clark, a resident of Boston, Massachusetts, is an affordable housing developer and a sculptor. She most recently finished a Master’s of Science in Real Estate development from MIT in the summer of 2004, where she studied housing issues in underserved neighborhoods, building systems, transportation issues and ecologically sound building methods. Although perhaps not apparent on the surface, her background in development and ecology are interwoven into her approach to sculpture, where she looks at urban infrastructure, making places, and the meaning of the built environment and its relation to nature.

Matthew Mazzotta, a resident of Burlington, Vermont, is a carpenter by trade and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He works exclusively with recycled, reused, donated and found materials to construct forms which help satisfy his near obsession with housing, temporary urban structures and culture, and the fantastic. He has a long history of bicycle projects ranging from a bicycle that powers an organ on its handle bars, to a low-rider unicycle, to a bicycle that pulls a cart where a couple sits and eats a candle-lit dinner.