Artistry in Motion
New Web Page Features NJ TRANSIT Virtual Art Exhibition
As you make your way around the NJ TRANSIT system, have you enjoyed some of the art installations you see during your travels? Now, you can find more than 150 art installations located around our bus, rail and light rail system in a virtual exhibition at njtransit.com/transitarts! The new Transit Arts web page offers pictures and descriptions of the artwork, their locations, the artists who created them, and an interactive map.
The NJ TRANSIT’s Transit Arts Program is designed to create inspirational places that enhance your travel experience and beautify public spaces in the communities we serve. They include sculptures, murals, mosaics, decorative glazing, railing designs and more. Each element is integrated into the architecture of our facilities, with many showcasing connections to the communities they are located in.
Also on the website – find out about our TRANSITional Art Project, a temporary public art program that connects customers and the surrounding community with new, exciting and inspiring experiences, as well as providing New Jersey artists exhibition opportunities and a supportive environment to create public art. This Fall, the TRANSITional Art Project will launch an exhibition at New Brunswick Station on the Northeast Corridor.
Our Transit Arts Program was piloted on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system when it was under construction in 1994 and became a corporate-wide program in 1996. This program is made possible by The State of New Jersey’s Arts Inclusion Act (P.L. 1978, c.117 (C.52:16A-29 et seq).
Some of the projects at our busier stations may be familiar to you, like Cork Marcheschi’s 30-foot tall cattail sculpture at Secaucus Junction, and Mel Clark’s mosaic tile jazz tribute at Newark Penn Station. You may also see older works of art commissioned by predecessors of NJ TRANSIT, such as the colorful tile murals found in underground stations of the Newark Light Rail system created in the 1930s.
More Transit Arts projects are coming to transit facilities that are under design, construction or soon to be built, including Elizabeth Station on the Northeast Corridor, Market Street Bus Garage in Paterson, Lyndhurst Station on the Main Line, Perth Amboy Station on the North Jersey Coast Line and Roselle Park Station on the Raritan Valley Line.
We hope you enjoy the new website, and consider taking a ride around our system to view some of the artwork you discover. Transportation really is artistry in motion!
Cork Marcheschi created a 30-foot tall cattail sculpture at Secaucus Junction, a transit hub surrounded by cattail-filled marshes in the Meadowlands.
“The New Spirit Ensemble” mosaic at Newark Penn Station, created by Mel Clark, is a tribute to Newark’s jazz history.
“Journey Through Time,” created by Alison Sky, can be found at the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Bergenline Avenue Station in Union City. It features sculptures of dinosaurs, an astronaut, and a space capsule.