CAMDEN NJ – Art can affect how we see the world around us.
That’s precisely what sponsors of a new, large-scale city art exhibit hope happens. On Earth Day – April 22 – the city is to unveil six one-of-a-kind, family-friendly art exhibits at various prominent venues.
The six-month exhibits, entitled “A New View,” are sponsored by departing Mayor Frank Moran, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts.
Funded by a million-dollar grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, the large-scale outdoor art installations have been designed by nationally recognized artists and will hopefully attract visitors of all ages to Camden.
Among this artwork are pieces that will call attention to the adverse impact of illegal dumping and urban decline.
There’s a massive feline made from re-purposed vehicles; a 15-foot-tall steel creature that doubles as a trash receptacle; and a gizmo that devours Styrofoam containers and packing material.
These creations are designed to raise awareness about unlawful waste dumping that costs Camden taxpayers over $4 million annually in sanitation and disposal.
Over 130 artist from across the country submitted proposals. Winners were selected by “A New View” curators Judith Tannenbaum and Kimberly Camp. The chosen artists and their installation sites are:
Don Kennell & Lisa Adler “Invincible Cat” in Whitman Park
Mitchell Joachim & Vivian Kuan “Bio-Informatic Digester” – the Gateway area
Amanda Schachter & Alexander Levi, SLO Architecture “Turntable” in North Camden
Athena Steen & Josh Sarantitis, “Touching Earth,” in North Camden
Tyler FuQua Creations, “Mechan 11: The Collector,” in North Camden/Cramer Hill
Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein "The Phoenix Festival" – in East Camden
The six venues for these temporary art exhibits are near major transportation corridors in the Camden neighborhoods of North Camden, Cramer Hill, Gateway, Whitman Park, and East Camden, along the PATCO Speedline, NJ Transit’s River Line, and Camden GreenWay.
With tens of thousands of daily commuters and motorists passing through Camden, near to those sites, the city hopes these installations will call further attention to the project, spark conversation, and serve as a reminder of the plight of illegal dumping during the pandemic.