Sea Change is an initiative to bring public art to the Asbury Park Boardwalk from a select vision of local and global artists who bring beauty to our beloved buildings. Located all along oceanfront, you can view the works by starting at the historic Steamplant, Casino, and Carousel buildings, and walking through the Grand Arcade to the Sunset Pavilion just North of Convention Hall. The Wooden Walls Mural Project is a collaborative effort to bring public art to Asbury. By creating a conversation with local, national, and international artists Sea Change draws attention to the creative spirit that is fundamental to Asbury Park. Organizers recognize the town as a community that embraces creative endeavors and is appreciative of public art, and seek to promote the town’s reputation to this end. The local, national, and international artists selected were co-curated by area residents Jenn Hampton of Parlor Gallery and Madison Marquette. Artists were chosen based on their organic connection to Asbury as well as their outstanding use of colors, ideas, techniques and media. Each artist is unique in their statement, imagery and technique, thus giving the viewer a well-rounded selection of contemporary public art.
“As a curator for this project, it’s my job to bring art to people who wouldn’t ordinarily wander into a gallery,” she said. “And I wanted to make sure there was a well-rounded vision or cross section of artists that the public won’t find too niche or experimental.” said Jenn Hampton, Parlor Gallery
The murals from these projects have gradually become important representations of Asbury’s budding cultural relevance. They can be seen all over Instagram, particularly in the Asbury Park hashtag (#asburypark), showing their influence on the greater public. Additionally, when the artists are not around, the paintings perpetually attract visitors. Bold and brilliant, these murals challenge residents and visitors to consider Asbury’s relevance beyond its notoriously prolific music scene, which is only one aspect of a greater artistic discourse. The project is part of a larger paradigm for the Asbury community, one in which local businesses invite artists from around the world to decorate the town and populate its galleries.
For more information, call 848-220-4416 or follow @woodenwallsproject on Instagram. For updates go to SeaChangeAP. Location: Address: 1300 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712 Phone Number: 732-897-6500 Best Parking: 1300 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712