Arts & Culture Maplewood

PHOTOS: Murals Beautify Springfield Avenue in Maplewood

Elijah Minton at 1978 Springfield Avenue. Photo by Mary Mann

Over the past 20 years, Springfield Avenue in Maplewood has seen massive improvements — from new sidewalks and lighting to crosswalks, new building construction and retail and residential tenants.

Now, the street is being further beautified by murals.

In late 2017, the Springfield Avenue Partnership announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) from mural artists to create commissioned public art murals at two locations on Springfield Avenue and on up to a dozen publicly owned, traffic light utility boxes.

The two wall murals are now taking shape. The first, located on the west-facing wall at 1881-83 Springfield Avenue should be finished by the end of May, reported Springfield Avenue Partnership Director Julie Doran. The artists are a husband and wife team from Maplewood, Michael David Adams and Viktorija Bowers-Adams. The second mural is located at 1978 Springfield Avenue on the east-facing wall. The mural artist is Elijah Minton from West Orange.

According to the Partnership, “The Public Art Initiative is one of many programs aimed at enriching and revitalizing Springfield Avenue. The focus of the mural project is to honor the rich cultural diversity and inclusive nature of our community. We are seeking to enhance the vibrancy of Springfield Avenue by offering the public an opportunity to encounter artistic expressions based upon the theme: ‘Our Community…Looking Forward.’”

The artists receiving honoraria — amounts to depend on the Partnership’s ability to raise funds for the project. The artists also are being reimbursed up to $750 for materials and supplies.

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