Camden Mayor Frank Moran, the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts on Jan. 31 announced the eight artists who will participate in “A New View,” a winning project selected for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge that has been awarded $1 million.
The project will raise awareness of Camden’s illegal dumping issue by transforming six sites with vibrant temporary art installations and programming, inspiring residents and visitors to take “a new view” of the city.
131 applications for “A New View” were submitted from across the country, with the eight winners – chosen by curators Judith Tannenbaum and Camden native Kimberly Camp – representing a cross-section of medium, experience, and background.
The winning artists are tasked with drawing attention to Camden’s illegal dumping problem, which costs taxpayers $4 million annually, as well as helping to shape the public’s perception of the city. Residents, community leaders, and visitors attended the announcement, where they viewed mock-ups from the winning artists and heard from project partners.
Winning designs from six of the artists range from traditional to functional art, including a monumental panther made from repurposed car hoods, a machine in the garden that utilizes mealworms to eat styrofoam packaging from e-waste, a wind-powered sculpture using recycled plastic, clay/earth installations housing a bread oven and horticultural elements, a 15-foot steel sculpture of a robot picking up giant pieces of litter, and 22-foot tall sculptures of birds out of bamboo.
“It wasn’t an easy decision with so much great talent to choose from, but with the community’s help, we finally selected eight amazing artists to help us create ‘A New View’ of Camden,” Moran said. “These artists truly redefine what ‘art’ is and what art can do for our communities, and I’m so excited to see the transformation of our neighborhoods. We can’t thank Bloomberg Philanthropies enough for making this possible.”
The winners are, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, SLO Architecture; Athena Steen and Josh Sarantitis; Tyler FuQua Creations; The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein; Erik James Montgomery; Tom Marchetty, The Factory Workers; DKLA Design and Terreform ONE: Mitchell Joachim, Vivian Kuan, Zack Saunders, Theo Dimitrasopoulos, and Nicholas Gervasi.