Attleboro Arts Museum opens Boston Marathon exhibit

The Attleboro Arts Museum is commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and honoring runners and racers with the exhibit "Long Distance Relationship: the 26.2 Mile Journey." (WJAR)

The Attleboro Arts Museum is commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and honoring runners and racers with the exhibit "Long Distance Relationship: the 26.2 Mile Journey."

The exhibit explores the endurance and strength of marathon runners and wheelchair racers.

"I have original art from twenty artists that, in the large part, were originally created [for this exhibit]," curator Mim Fawcette said.

Artist Abby Rovaldi has art on display there.

She's also putting together a tower of sneakers left at the Copley Square memorial after the bombings. More than 50 pairs have messages of hope on them.

"I'm getting a little choked up talking about it," Rovaldi said. "It's very powerful. It's an honor to be a part of it."

When the city of Boston needed help storing the items left at the Copley Square memorial, Boston-based shredding and records storage company Iron Mountain stepped up.

"We have a charitable commitment called the Living Legacy Initiative," Iron Mountain Community Engagement Manager Alisha Perdue said. "We believe in preserving and making accessible cultural and historical information and artifacts."

Pieces include three retired running chairs used by Dick and Rick Hoyt and a Kyriakides wreath, handmade in Marathon, Greece.

The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday and runs through May 5.

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