Public Art

Stroll around town to enjoy public art such as painted murals, bus stop art, and civic monuments.

Works by artists Key Detail, Porkchop, Emilio Florentine, DOT, and others can be found on the Art Map.
Scan the QR code by any public artwork to learn about the artist and details about the theme or concept.

Native Perennials Mural

Artist: Emilio Florentine
Location: Rahway Arts District Park
Completion date: 2023

Flowering perennials native to Rahway are depicted in the artist’s signature style. The artist responded to the park and its closeness to the Union County Performing Arts Center by using a royal purple background for drama and to offset the vibrant colors of the flowers.  The species of plants were selected with assistance from Michele Bakacs (Rutgers Cooperative Extension) and Rahway resident and master gardener Bob Markey.

River Goddess Mural

Artist: Key Detail
Location: 69 E. Cherry Street
Completion date: 2023

The theme of this mural relates to climate change resiliency and coastal flooding awareness. A river goddess is surrounded by native aquatic animals commonly found in the Rahway River Watershed. The animals featured include a diamondback terrapin, common snapping turtle, fiddler crab, and various species of fish.

This project was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the New Jersey Coastal Management Program, Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Geometric Mural

Artist: DOT
Location: 84 Monroe Street
Completion date: 2023

The abstract geometric design features the artist’s signature patterning that creates visual distortion when the viewer is in motion. This 4,500 square foot mural is best seen by train between the Rahway train station and the Main Street bridge (north bound routes). The mural was funded through a public-private partnership between the City of Rahway and the Mint II.

MLK Park Sculpture

Artist: Drawn to Good
Location: MLK Park
Completion date: 2023

This monument was designed by Rachael Faillace (Drawn to Good) and fabricated by Central Sheet Metal Fabricators, Inc. The sculpture features three quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in mirror-finish stainless steel. The concept allows the viewer to literally see themselves in the ideals of Dr. King.

Mermaid Mural

Artist: Porkchop
Location: 1495 Main Street
Completion date: 2021

Completed as part of the Rahway RiverFest in 2021, this mural of a mermaid reflects the theme of mythical creatures and the connection between rivers and other bodies of water in history and mythology.

The mural was created as an initiative of the Rahway River Watershed Association with funding from the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and with support from the City of Rahway.

Abstract Mural

Artist: Joe Geis
Location: Brennan Field (E. Lake Ave)
Completion date: 2021

Joe Geis is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer with roots in the Rahway area. His lively, colorful mural of abstract shapes covers all four sides of this building at Brennan Field.

The Wings Mural

Artist: Lawrence Ciarallo
Location: 1501 Main Street
Completion date: 2018

This work of art encourages passersby to interact by photographing themselves in front of the mural. The artist’s objective in his work is to ‘create work that stimulates, informs, and engages the viewer”.

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