Public Art in the Heights
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Public art - love it or hate, it if it starts a conversation and captures one’s imagination it has fulfilled its purpose. Given Jersey City's thriving art community, public displays of artistic talent are seen all over the Heights. From the statues at Leonard Gordon Park to the decorated utility boxes on Central Avenue, a simple stroll through the Heights can turn into a wonderful cultural experience. The map you find here identifies the locations of public art in the Jersey City Heights. Please check back soon as more public art is added to this inventory. Do you have a suggestion to be included here? Email it to us.
The Heights neighborhood of Jersey City welcomes artists. The Heights now has an arts district known as the "Riverview Arts District" (RAD) attracting the attention of many New York City Artists looking for accommodating housing options.
On February 27, 2013, a city zoning amendment was approved to create an Artist Overlay Zone covering a large portion of the eastern Heights and allows artist to have studios or work/ live units within the District.
Artists can have an "artist studio workspace" to make their art or sell it as an accessory use to the studio; they can also have a work/live artist studio defined as "a single, enclosed, private space of 900 sq. ft or more, where at least one-half of the total space is devoted to work space for the creation, display and sale of art, and the remainder is used for living purposes..."
Wall Art in the Central Avenue Shopping District
Besides being a great place to shop, Central Avenue in the Heights offers an outdoor gallery of artistic expression. Artists from the community were commissioned to paint murals on a select hand full of the exposed building walls. Our district is home to a growing series of murals that have caught the eyes and attention of many visitors and shoppers. Well executed murals have reenergized the City by making it an artist destination. From vivid descriptions of Central Avenue, to notable landmarks around the City, each Central Avenue mural has something special to offer. The professional artists who created these works are proud of the stories each piece tells of the rich history of Jersey City.
The "Streetscapes" Beautification Art Project is an artistic way to beautify the Heights. A stroll down Central Avenue is needed to fully appreciate the awe inspiring transformations of the City's utility boxes. Each of the seven located at the traffic lights on Central Ave and its cross streets, where done by artists from the community. Each artist used his or her creativity to change the visual interpretation of the boxes. Pictured here, artist E. Jan Kounitz stands with producer Ricardo (Kari Signs) next to their "It Ain't Arles" work of art. This work is a photograph of a large sunflower that grew right here in the JC Heights on Mountain Road adjacent to the Palisade Cliffs. This is just one of the seven amazing transformations that have to be seen to be believed.
Flowers Never Die
In November 2011, the Central Avenue SID commissioned Heights' artists Richard LaRovere and Megan Gulick to participate in the "Flowers Never Die" project. The project involved Gulick and LaRovere painting colorful flowers on the bases of Central Avenue's close circuit tv camera poles. Seven poles in all were painted (four by LaRovere and three by Gulick). The seven installations will add color and verve to the Avenue all year long. Keep your eyes peeled at Central Avenue intersections for these beautiful additions! Check out CASID's Flickr page for more photos.
Several historic art sculptures and some new are located in the Heights' section of Jersey City. You just have to know where to look to find them: Washington Park, Lenoard J. Gordan Park, and Pershing Field to name a few locations.
One example, the "Wave" (pictured right) is located in Hudson County's Washington Park at the intersection of Central Avenue and Paterson Plank Road. Created by noted artist Chakaia Booker, a Jersey native, the brushed stainless steel sculpture piece stands 14 feet high and 35 feet wide.