HACKENSACK - Hackensack is about to get a little more colorful and it has nothing to do with spring’s arrival.
World-renowned artist Damien Mitchell began work Monday on a public art project aimed at building a sense of community and promoting civic pride in Hackensack.
An empty wall on the side of the Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group building at the corner of Main Street and Demarest Place is now a blank canvas, waiting to be filled in.
The new mural, which will run along a pathway connecting the Atlantic Street bus station and Hackensack Performing Arts Center, should be completed within a week.
The public art display is an effort coordinated by the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation ArtsBergen initiative, the Hackensack Creative Arts Team, the Main Street Business Alliance, the City of Hackensack and the Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group.
“The best public art has meaning to the community where it is located, while also vitalizing the space. The mural brands and enlivens Demarest Place, as a unique public walkway from the bus station to the HACPAC, engaging those who live, work and travel to the city,” Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, said.
Last year, a selection committee made up of representatives from the groups issued a call to artists to submit designs for the mural using one of four themes (the city’s musical history, the Lenni Lenape Indians, key events in the city’s history or a contemporary theme of the artist’s choice).
Mitchell, an Australian native, was announced as the winner earlier this year. Mitchell has created murals in several locations, including Hartford, Connecticut, and Frankfurt, Germany. He also has exhibits in Manhattan, as well as created live murals for the 2016 Major League Baseball AllStar game and the MTV Video Music Awards.