Norwalkers test pedestrian routes, view art

Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force Chairwoman Nancy Rosett, left, leads a procession up Glover Avenue on Saturday. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. — NON videographer Harold Cobin accompanied more than 50 people on Mayor Harry Rilling’s morning walk Saturday for a tour of proposed walking routes in the Merritt 7 area.

Members of the Norwalk Bike/Walk commission, the Arts Commission, and residents walked up to two miles, field-tested walking routes, and heard remarks from Bike/Walk commission task force chair Nancy Rosett, Norwalk River Valley Trail Executive Director Charlie Taney, and Arts Commission Chair Susan Wallerstein.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story

Norwalk Arts Commission Chairwoman Susan Wallerstein, left, explains the program Saturday before a group walk begins on Glover Avenue. (Harold Cobin)

Participants also viewed a Charles Perry sculpture in the Merritt 7 office complex and heard commentary from Paul Perry, the sculptor’s son.

“We had a number of objectives – to introduce the pedestrian audit tool, to showcase public art in the Merritt 7 office complex, to view the area as a TOD and to showcase the NRVT route in the area,” Rosett explained in a Sunday e-mail.  “We were pleased with the number who showed up.”

Participants noted challenging conditions in some areas and completed feedback forms.



Susan Wallerstein June 18, 2018 at 7:40 am

Big thanks to Harold Cobin & Nancy on Norwalk for covering this unique event. One small correction – the black welded sculpture depicted in the video is not Charles Perry’s 2nd on the Merritt 7 campus – Hyperbolic Ribbed Mace in front of Building 401. Rather the black piece is one of two mystery sculptures, artist unknown so far!

Hector June 20, 2018 at 9:23 am

Thank you Nancy, Susan, James and Charlie and Mayor Harry Rilling’s and others for organizing the walk and sharing the vision and progress being made!! The baby loved the walk, even though he slept most of it 🙂

The sculpture created by Mr. Charles O. Perry Hyperbolic Ribbed Mace that Susan and Paul referenced can be seen here -> Hyperbolic Ribbed Mace
Paul also described another artist that like his Dad’s sculpture focussed on the capture of movement which was Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and can be seen here -> Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)

Keep up the awesome work!!!

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