HOBOKEN, NJ - While we all enjoy the illuminating connectivity of electricity and telecommunications, let's be honest—there's very little aesthetic appeal to a big, drab utility box on the sidewalk outside. Looking for any opportunity to let a bit more color into our lives, local artists have begun utilizing utility boxes on Washington Street as a canvas for the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee’s Hoboken Art Box Project.
“It’s very exciting to see the art that is currently being created on Washington Street as a result of The Hoboken Art Box Project,” said Arts Committee Chair Chris O’Connor. “This is the first project that the Hoboken Art Board has done, and it’s very inspiring to see that our call for proposals has inspired such wonderful work."
In total, 14 utility boxes will be painted by artists who live or work in Hoboken. As the projects move forward, residents are asked to please provide space to artists painting the murals on the utility boxes in the coming weeks.
"The theme for the project is Equity and Inclusion and you can see that theme played out in each work," said O'Connor. "I can’t wait to see them unveiled in early November.”
Artist Alison Josephs is currently painting "The Hoboken Tree", which displays a variety of birds in one big tree on the utility box at 12th & Washington Streets. Meant to reflect the various countries represented in the Hoboken community, Alison has invited various residents to paint a bird on the mural to reflect their country of origin.
“We are excited for this project to be underway to help beautify our main commercial corridor, while celebrating Hoboken’s rich diversity and continued commitment to equity,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “I thank our arts committee and local artists for their efforts, and look forward to celebrating the finished murals!”
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee and the Art Box Project.
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