HACKENSACK, NJ - During your next stroll this summer, head over to Oscar E. Olsen Park on West Main Street to check out the completion of the area’s newest public art display.
Located on the pathway just prior to the Lt. William C Ryan Memorial Bridge, “The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving” involved children, teenagers, adults, local artists, local arts advocacy groups and the Borough of Bogota in the design and installation.
It was officially unveiled during Bogota’s 125th anniversary celebration earlier this month and will be on display for the next year.
According to Hackensack-based Northern New Jersey Community Foundation - one of the organizations that helped coordinate the project -, “The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving” seeks to illustrate the connection between the Hackensack River and the communities it flows through.
From February through April, artists and members of the community determined a project theme, designed weavings and 3-D printed tokens at Bergen Makerspace in Hackensack to decorate the fence. During Bogota’s Earth Day on May 4, public artist Katherine Daniels worked with children, teens and adults to create and install weavings on the fence.
Other community members, artists and organizations also participated in the project, including: Robert Robbins, Amaru Bustamante, Isabel Bustamante, Adrianna Bingen, Joseph Gallagher, Rita Flores, Bogart Memorial Reformed Church, Bees Trees Water, Irmari Nacht, Kathy Rebek, Monica Chavarria, Ted Malin, Barbara Contini, Lena Aronson, and Joanne Siska.
The project was part of Hackensack-based Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative, which aims to promote creative placemaking,as well as integrating arts and culture into neighborhoods and regions.
"We were very pleased with this opportunity to show how The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving project fostered creative placemaking and brought together people from different parts of Bergen County," said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
Earlier this year, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation partnered with the Hackensack Creative Arts Team, the Main Street Business Alliance, the City of Hackensack and the Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group on the Demarest Place Walkway Mural. The piece, which was created by world-renowned artist Damien Mitchell, was completed in May.