CAMDEN, NJ– As of mid-September homeowners will start to notice art installations throughout Camden, spotlighting not just familiar faces in the city however bringing more attention to the ongoing problem of unlawful dumping.
As part of the “Camden Is Bright Not Blight” project developed by Camden artist Erik James Montgomery, 20 boarded-up photo pictures will be positioned at deserted houses throughout the city. The portraits will include locals of different ages and backgrounds with different iterations of the expression: “Camden is …”
The task becomes part of “A New View– Camden,” which was held off earlier this year due to COVID-19. The artworks will aim to change former unlawful dumping sites in the city and bring awareness to the issue.
“As a Camden artist I frequently see abandoned houses around the city, and I wished to make a statement that we are not deserting this invincible city,” said Montgomery. “These images on abandoned buildings will advise the citizens and visitors that not only exists proof of life here, but proof of strength and restoration as well.”
The pictures, which will be up till October 2021, will be set up in between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16.
Camden's “A New View” was the 5th winning project in the $1 million Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge in 2018 – made possible through a cooperation between the city, Cooper's Ferry Partnership, and Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts.
“‘A New View– Camden' challenges people to rethink at Camden, New Jersey– a city that, regardless of its difficulties with ecological injustice, is home to spirited and tenacious residents who are thrilled to share the appeal of the city with the region and the world,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran.
The artworks will include a big environmentally-conscious robotic, a 36-foot long black panther made from “the relics of carbon addiction,” pod parks and 2 22-foot high sculptures constructed out of bamboo and colorful recycled objects.
“This job depicts the faces of residents fighting back against unlawful dumpers and unfavorable stereotypes. Our hope is that it triggers conversation about how we got to where we are and how we plan to move forward,” included Kris Kolluri, President and CEO of Cooper's Ferry Partnership.