Eyesor and Pawn Complete New Tigers Mural in Downtown Jersey City

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The newest mural that Dylan Evans has brought to Jersey City is on the back of a few buildings that sit at the corner of Bay Street and Newark Avenue, facing a parking lot. The mural, which is basically around the corner from the whale mural, was completed in April after about a month of work by artists Eyesor and Pawn.

“One of the reasons that I chose these artists is because I wanted to disprove the popular idea that spray paint is only a tool of vandalism,” Evans says. “I wanted to give these artists the opportunity to show off their talent to the public, by creating a beautiful piece of artwork only using cans of pressurized paint. It should be noted that Pawn and Eyesor used no stencils in the creation of this piece.”

Evans, whose Jersey City Mural Arts Program has spearheaded a handful of mural installations all over the city in the past few years, says the natural themes in this latest mural are a nice juxtaposition with the urban environment.

“I enjoy art that exists where you least expect it and can surprise you, so I admire how the two artists took these animals out of the wild and moved them into the middle of a city to share their plight. It catches people off guard, and I’ve seen people stop in their tracks to really take the mural in,” he says. “I hope people are impressed by the beauty of the artists’ work, but also come away with an awareness that these creatures are facing extinction, due to man’s hand. I’d hope that people can reflect on the violence that these beautiful tigers face, and reason that violence is never a solution, whether towards an animal or another human being.”

Both Eyesor and Pawn echo Evans when discussing their new work.

“I was trying to provoke a sense of captivity, pain, and struggle,” Eyesor says. “The fence creates a sense of real captivity; the arrows (a reference to the work of artist Cai Guo Qiang) create a sensation of pain; and the struggle is shown between the two tigers fighting in this small space trying to survive, but in the end attacking each other.”

Pawn says his piece is “meant to draw attention” to the plight of the wild tiger.

“The wild tiger population is estimated to be between 4,000 and 7,000,” he says. “While humans are the worst enemies of the tiger, the eyes in the center of the mural project a sense of optimism that we can help this situation by raising awareness.”

Evans says he is always looking for new walls to host murals, as well as donations of money and materials to go towards future murals. You can reach him at thecitymap (at) gmail.com.



Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.