CAMDEN, NJ — Tom Marchetty, the owner of The Factory Workers, said he was ready to "hit second-gear" with his contribution to “A New View — Camden" — six large-scale works of art spread out throughout the city and initially set to begin installation this May.
For his part, Marchetty has been working on “pod parks,” freestanding lounge spaces, that will be located at all six sites to help residents appreciate the finished pieces.
But on Wednesday, the city announced the $1 million project, made possible through a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, has been postponed until Spring 2021.
"I had all the materials ready to go and I'm sure all the artists were as thrown, but I understand why they're doing it. We just don't know when things will settle down," said Marchetty.
In Camden, where illegal dumping costs the city $4 million every year, the administration, Cooper's Ferry Partnership and Rutgers-Camden's Center for the Arts won a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies's 2018 Public Art Challenge.
“While this was a difficult decision, it was the right decision,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “While A New View - Camden is postponed, our work to combat illegal dumping continues every single day and is more important now than ever.”
The project, which you can learn more about here, will be at the following locations:
- DKLA’s black panther, titled “Invincible Cat” (Whitman Avenue and West Pershing Street)
Terreform One’s “Bio-Informatic Digester: Waste As Fuel for Biodiversity” (Chestnut and Orchard Streets)
SLO Architect’s “Turntable” (Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park)
Athena Steen and Josh Sarantitis’ “Touching the Earth” (5th and Erie Streets)
Tyler FuQua Creations’ “Mechan 11: The Collector” (State Street Pedestrian Bridge)
The Myth Makers’ “The Phoenix Festival” (1401 Federal Street)
Erik James Montgomery’s “Camden Is” (billboards around the city)
The Factory Workers’ “Pod Parks” (all the sites)
"On a brighter note, I believe having more time will allow us to do a better job," Marchetty said.
Two of the eight artists involved in the project are from the Garden State: Marchetty, of Collingswood, and Erik James Montgomery, who lives in East Orange.
Read TAPinto Camden's coverage of the artist announcement here.
“Earth Day is an opportunity to show support for environmental protection, but working to combat illegal dumping in our great city is a 365-day responsibility. A New View - Camden will mark the start of a new and exciting chapter in the city’s history,” Moran continued. “We ask that as you continue to practice social distancing, you also take a minute to look around your neighborhood and think about ways you can make a positive impact on the environment.”