HACKENSACK – As work nears completion on a large mural on Demarest Place, the public is being asked for input on what other types of art projects they’d like to see around the city.
Through Friday, Creative Hackensack, a community-based organization made up of art advocates, will have a booth set up at 135 Main Street where suggestions for the next project can be made.
Visitors can also watch progress on the Demarest Place Walkway Mural, which is being created by world-renowned artist Damien Mitchell.
Depending on weather, the mural should be done by “the end of this week, early next week,” Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, said.
The mural is located on am empty wall on the side of the Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group building at the corner of Main Street and Demarest Place. It’ll run along a pathway connecting the Atlantic Street bus station and Hackensack Performing Arts Center.
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.
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.
“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,” De Laurentis said.