Local Artist’s Mural Opens Today along Central Avenue

Red and yellow Koi fish swim between bricked-up windows, floating well above Jersey Drugs (286 Central Ave.) on a foot traffic-heavy area of Central Avenue. Entitled “Koi Too,” the mural is the work of lifelong Jersey City resident Ed Morris and is part of a citywide effort to beautify city streets.

According to a statement by the Central Avenue Special Improvement District and Ward D Councilman Bill Gaughan, “the addition of these murals is not only a way to continue arts enrichment but to also discourage graffiti and provide an outlet for the community to celebrate the rich culture of Jersey City.”

The program was funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The statement continues, “The CASID would like to also thank the artist organizations that partnered with us to carry out this project including the Jersey City Pro Arts, Jersey City Museum, the Distillery Gallery and Artspace, Art House Productions, Heights Artist Initiative, Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair, and Mad Mad Media.”

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Matt Hunger

is a former staff writer for the Jersey City Independent.