The City of Hoboken Art Committee Advisory Board and Hoboken Business Alliance are partnering to paint a mural on the western façade of Parking Garage B, located on Hudson Street south of Second Street adjacent to the dog run. The mural was recommended by Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, reviewed by First Ward Councilperson Mike DeFusco, and approved by the City Council on Sept. 21 following a public hearing on September 7.
The mural will be painted by Michelle Hoogveld, a Contemporary Visual Artist whose vibrant style is inspired by color theory, connection, and matters of the heart. Hoogveld creates compositions of bold patterns and textile-like blockings of color, with layers that weave and fold together as an intricate tapestry of who we are as people, the places we encounter and the one thing that connects us all – love. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, her colorful works are internationally recognized, beautifying and uplifting spaces in both the private and public realm. Creating fine art, murals, and public installations, Hoogveld has worked with a wide range of clients in Canada, the United States, Peru, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and England.
Preparation of the façade for mural painting will begin on Saturday, Oct. 15, with power washing and priming. The mural should be completed by Sunday, Oct. 30, weather permitting.
On or around Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 30, vehicles parking in Garage B on the Hudson Street side will need to move approximately 2 feet away from the interior building wall. Painters will use protective measures to avoid any impacts to vehicles parked in the garage. On-street parking will be restricted on the east side of Hudson Street. Boom lifts will be parked on the sidewalk adjacent to the dog run and secured with barricades. Temporary pedestrian access will be provided.
During this time, the Hudson Street dog run will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, weather permitting. The dog runs will reopen after 6 p.m. each evening. Residents are advised to use other dog runs during this time. For a list of dog runs in Hoboken, visit www.hobokennj.gov/parks.
The Art Committee acts as an advisory board to the Mayor and City Administration relating to all questions involving public art and the City of Hoboken Public Art Program. The Public Art Program seeks to create an enhanced visual environment for City of Hoboken residents, to commemorate the City’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, to integrate the work of artists into the development of the City’s capital infrastructure improvements, and to promote tourism and economic vitality in the City through the artistic design of public spaces. More information on the Art Committee is available at: www.hobokennj.gov/municipal-boards/hoboken-arts-advisory-committee.
The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) is a Special Improvement District established by the Hoboken City Council to improve the district’s area and stimulate business in Hoboken. The HBA advocates for a safe, accessible and prosperous improvement district that attracts residents and visitors to shop, eat, play and stay in Hoboken. More information on the Hoboken Business Alliance is available at: www.Hobokenbusinessalliance.com.