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Hoboken expands mural program

Artists wanted for two park paintings

"Struggle of a Lifetime"by artist Lawrence Ciarallo at 89 Washington St. is part of the city's Art Box Mural Project.

In an effort to beautify Church Square Park and Tom Olivieri Park the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee is seeking artists to create two new murals for the parks. 

Proposals for Tom Olivieri Park must incorporate the theme “Play” to inspire the children who use the park and their caregivers.

The chosen artist will paint their mural on the east wall that sits near the playground.

The Church Square Park mural seeks to honor front line workers. Proposals should incorporate the theme “Frontline Workers: A Time for Hope and Renewal.” 

According to the committee, the mural can depict front line workers figuratively or abstractly. Artists should also weave the theme of renewal and hope throughout the work by using a unifying design that includes flora. 

References that tie the work specifically to COVID-19 and the pandemic are discouraged, according to the city. 

This mural will replace the four green walls of a small building near the park’s center.

“The Arts Advisory Committee is very glad to see this project launch,” said Chris O’Connor, chair of the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee. “These initiatives will provide an opportunity to beautify and create interest in our local parks. We are eager to see submissions and hope many artists will apply.” 

Artists must complete an online application and include at minimum a letter of interest, a fully rendered design, a CV, and photographic proof of at least two previous similarly-scaled murals. All submissions should be family-friendly. 

To apply for the project in Church Square Park go to https://forms.gle/UEBLcKAhgYX6HQ6Z6.

To apply for the project in Tom Olivieri Park go to https://forms.gle/5PFrLf4YdeSnoqqL8.

Public art is mandated

Artists have until July 19 to submit their applications.

Selections will be based on relevance to the theme, quality of work, and proven experience with similar types and sized projects. Artists must reference previous public art experience. 

Once selected, artists will receive a $6,000 commission for the mural in Tom Olivieri Park and an $8,000 commission for the mural in Church Square Park. 

Commissions include artists’ fees and materials for prep, painting of the mural, and topcoat. 

Last year, artists took to Washington Street to turn 15 utility boxes into public artworks through the committee’s “Art Box Mural Project.”

“Our art-box mural project was a big hit last year, and we are glad to see the program expand to our two parks,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Thank you to the many artists who have painted the beautiful murals on Washington Street, along with the Arts Council for expanding this initiative to Church Square and Tom Olivieri Park.” 

Following an executive order signed by Mayor Ravi Bhalla in 2018, Hoboken formed the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee to help select art projects to beautify public spaces in 2019.

As mandated by the executive order, the city now dedicates 1 percent of all city bond ordinances to fund public art projects, which are recommended by the committee and approved by the mayor and Hoboken City Council. 

Hoboken artist Ricardo Roig painted the city’s first public art project using the fund in 2019.

His mural depicts tennis-pro Michael Chang above the tennis courts at Columbus Park.

For more information, visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/muralproject.  

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