Art Installation at New Brunswick Train Station to Give Commuters a Smile

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From the guy who falls asleep on your shoulder to the kid who won’t turn down that awful rap music to the woman with the stinky fish tacos – commuting can be a stressful experience.

A new art exhibition launched in and around the New Brunswick Train Station seeks to make it a little brighter.

The exhibition includes 2D illustrative art in the tunnel and bus shelters along Somerset Street, photography in the waiting room and art displayed on the exterior columns.

Photo images of sun-splashed flowers, bursting blossoms lining a secret path and natural scenes have been included in the “Take a Breath” exhibit.

Elsewhere, there's a sprawling mural of guitar players, crooners, trumpeters and other musicians stretching the full length of the tunnel.

The art installation in New Brunswick will run through November and is part of the TRANSITional Art Project. Through a collaboration between New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the project will showcase the art of New Jersey artists in New Brunswick and at other stations across the state.

Images of birds created by New Brunswick native RH Doaz, one of the artists selected to participate, adorn the inside of the bus shelters.

Other artists include Kate Eggleston, Peichi Waite and Hailey Potter. Images and details about the exhibit can be found on the NJ Transit website.

Selected artists receive stipends from The TRANSITional Art Project to help offset the costs of developing and installing their projects.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the New Jersey Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts, enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts, promote freedom of expression in the arts and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in the state.

“Bringing unique public art opportunities to New Jersey artists and engaging art encounters to residents, commuters, and visitors alike is a perfect example of public service agencies working together to infuse arts and culture in our daily lives in innovative ways,” said Danielle Bursk, Director of Community Partnerships & Artist Services for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “Working together with the NJ Transit team and the Arts Institute of Middlesex on the New Brunswick TRANSITional Art Project was a terrific way to elevate accomplished local artists while also enhancing the experience of passing through the New Brunswick station.”

Said Middlesex County Commissioner Chanelle Scott McCullum: “Since its establishment, the Arts Institute of Middlesex County has promoted projects and programs that make a significant contribution to the arts, while providing public programing that celebrates the rich talent our County has to offer. Through collaborative partnerships, Middlesex County has become a beacon of artistic and cultural achievements. Not only is this partnership with NJ Transit and their TRANSITional Art Program an exciting opportunity to showcase local artists, but it is a unique way to bring art to our community.”

Story and Photo by: Chuck O'Donnell