UPGRADED | WALL – PORTRAITS MURAL

18 world-class artists transformed this 100 year old wall. And now Newark, New Jersey is home to the longest mural on the East Coast – 1.39 miles to be exact! The PORTRAITS Mural is part of GATEWAYS TO NEWARK, a public art and landscape initiative which aims to beautify each of the city’s entryways – led by the Newark Downtown District. PORTRAITS Mural featured the following local and international artists: Adrienne Wheeler, Akintola Hanif, David D. Oquendo, Don Rimx, Decertor, GAIA, GERA, Kevin Darmanie, Khari Johnson-Ricks, Lunar New Year, Manuel Acevedo, Mata Ruda, Nanook, Nina Chanel Abney, Sonni, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Werc and Zéh Palito. The project was curated by Rebecca Pauline Jampol and Lunar New Year.

For a deeper look at PORTRAITS Mural, visit the Gateways to Newark website.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

The biggest challenge when working in cities is to show an example of what can be done.
Murals can create this space of imagination. A lot of times people cannot imagine what a mural would do to their community so you have to create it.

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