Trenton urban artist Leon Rainbow and assistant artists Sophie Ban and Radek Selski lead a 2-week immersive mural project called “The People’s House” at Drumthwacket (The Historic Governors Mansion). The project was a collaboration with Artworks in Trenton and the Drumthwacket Foundation in Princeton. The workshop will bridge the communities through art. The project will took a dozen young creatives ages 13-18 years old from Trenton, brought them to Drumthwacket. The students learned about urban art styles and techniques and the history of the Governor’s Mansion. The students worked with the artists to create murals from start to finish.
Tour and Design
After an exclusive guided tour of the grounds at Drumthwacket, the students returned to Artworks, brainstormed with the artists and learned about street art. The artists worked with the students to create concepts and solidify them into amazing designs. The students returned to Drumthwacket and painted the murals on panels which were installed in the garden at Drumthwacket for a 3-month period. The project was finished with a special reception with Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy at Drumthwacket on Saturday, October 26th, 2019.
“Raritan River Ways” was created by Leon Rainbow in New Brunswick, in Elmer B. Boyd Park overlooking the amphitheater entrance and Route 18. The mural was created as a commission from the City of New Brunswick in response to coLAB Arts‘ oral histories collected from individuals who have been boating, fishing, and stewarding the Raritan River for decades.
Spectra, providers of Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality and Partnerships services at CURE Insurance Arena, commissioned two murals on the concourse as part of the venue’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. The developer of the CURE Insurance Arena, Ronald Berman—perhaps most known for building the Roebling Market shopping center in the former Roebling company’s properties off South Clinton Avenue—will be memorialized in the first mural. The second mural will serve as an ode to the site’s former use by John A. Roebling’s Sons Company. The artists, Leon Rainbow and Dean “Ras” Innocenzi, are renowned graffiti artists and muralists based in Trenton, NJ who creatively combine graffiti, street art, and other artistic forms into innovative projects. Working with Phil Miller and the MCIA to form a vision for the murals, the artwork will highlight and memorialize Mr. Berman along with John A. Roebling’s Sons Company’s historical roots of industry in Trenton. Special Thanks To Radek Sel and Ryan Fabritz for your help on these murals.
Graffiti-inspired street designs were painted to help slow traffic and protect pedestrians at two busy Brunswick Avenue on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Neighbors have identified these intersections near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Rivera Community Middle School as hazardous.
Similar “streetscape” or “tactical urbanism” projects in other cities have successfully slowed traffic and improved pedestrian safety by vibrantly highlighting crosswalks and slightly narrowing traffic lanes.
Designs were created by Trenton mural artist Leon Rainbow following a community design workshop at Lincoln Homes, was hosted by Trenton Health Team and Street Plans, an internationally recognized urban planning, design and transportation planning firm.
Volunteers should check-in at Brunswick Avenue and North Montgomery Street. Street Plans staff worked with THT and two teams of volunteers to complete the streetscape mural project.
Brunswick Avenue was selected for this project as part of a community effort supported by The BUILD Health Challenge, a national initiative funded by BUILD Health, to create a safe and healthy corridor from the Battle Monument Park to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
When I heard that I Am Trenton was doing a public art grant for the Old Trenton Neighborhood, my thoughts drifted to the wall on the side of the Broad Street Furniture Store. This site captured the architecture from Broad Street Discount Furniture to the Mercer County Community College Fashion and Design school. So I decided to bring attention to the area, by designing and creating a mural of the buildings and businesses. The Mural will beautify the area and hopefully spark revitalization in this section of Broad Street.
My friend Steve Zahirny and I smoothed out some rough spots of the wall with concrete. I worked tirelessly for weeks primming and sketching out the buildings and patterns. I base filled the sky and added patterns and bright colors to bring the mural to life. I organized a community workshop, which taught aerosol application and techniques. Light Refreshments were served by my wife Marie, and everyone had a great time. I outlined and detailed the buildings and sky. Finally, the mural was complete. My largest solo project to date, over15ft tall spanning 85ft.
Thanks to my Assistants: Radek Selski, Sophie Ban, and Marcus Mera.
Workshop supplies provided by TerraCycle and Liquitex
Special thanks to Amin and the staff at Broad Street Discount Furniture.
Mural created with support from the Old Trenton Arts + Community Program funded by I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Isles, Inc.
The mural concept is “Growth” represented by the sunflower. It is also depicts planting which is synonymous with planting seeds artistically and the neighborhood growth. I chose the sunflower because it represents light and positivity.
The mural was painted as part of an annual project for Isles Inc. The mural was painted live with Dj It’s Just Ahmad providing the soundtrack.
Collaboration between urban artists Leon Rainbow and Naval. Rendition of the Philadelphia Skyline by Leon, Abstract graffiti “Storiez” by Naval. Created for Dr. Meagan Corrado the creator of the storiez guide. For more information about the guide go to: http://storiezguide.com/