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SOPAC to Spearhead Art Project for South Orange Train Trestle

Danielle Francisco

Sunday, November 24, 2013 • 10:24am

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange train trestle will become an outdoor art museum, if a group formed to prepare a proposal is successful in pitching the idea to NJ Transit.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center has launched its train station project, which is still in the early stages, according to Mark Packer executive director of SOPAC, who will coordinate the effort.

The idea is to have artists create a mural beneath the train trestle and also integrate the 16 columns, Packet said.

“This would be an opportunity to create a monumental work of art in the village, creating an outdoor museum, if you will, that will welcome the thousands of people who use the station every day,” Packer said in first introducing the idea. He added that the project could conceivably involve hundreds of children and adults “in a process of creative expression.”

Working with Packer will be village government representatives Barry Lewis Jr. and Adam Loehner, administrator and deputy administrator, respectively; South Orange Village Center Alliance Executive Director Bob Zuckerman and Chairman Matt Glass; Sandy Martiny, assistant director of cultural affairs at the Baird Center; and Ed Ayuso, developer of the The Gateway complex on South Orange Avenue.

“It is our hope to meet with NJ Transit this month to present our ideas for improving the station,” Packer said. “I have been in touch with Sally Morris at NJ Transit and am waiting for confirmation of a date for that meeting.”

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.
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