The Artists Behind Hoboken’s Painted Utility Boxes on Washington Street

The power of art can be felt by anyone, anywhere, and at any time. It has the power to portray and shift different perspectives, opinions, and concepts. Art has the power to create change, and it is no surprise that the first initiative by the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee to transform plain utility boxes into works-of-art were centered around the themes of equality and inclusion because what better way to inspire these values than by inviting locals to portray it in artistic form.

If you haven’t already been wowed by the gorgeous hand-painted utility boxes along Washington Street, take a walk starting from 1st to 14th to admire the thoughtful designs by local artists

We had the opportunity to speak with some of the artists behind the powerful designs and ask them what inspired them, what it meant for their design to be chosen, and more. Read on to learn about the creatives behind Hoboken’s newest art installations.

About The Initiative

The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee launched the “Art Box Mural Project” on August 6th to beautify 15 utility boxes along Washington Street, as its first initiative. The Committee invited all artists who live or work in Hoboken to submit art proposals reflecting the theme of “equality and inclusion” to be painted on the utility boxes. 

In the guidelines sent to the artists, the Committee stated, “Equity is fair-mindedness and egalitarianism, decency and balance. Inclusion encompasses all, leaving no one or group marginalized or on the fringe. An equitable and inclusive city is one where the inherent value and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive city promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.” 

They also asked the artists to consider how these concepts come to the surface in your work and in your experience living and working in Hoboken and explained that the design should reflect these broad concepts in a way that is unique to Hoboken.  

The Artists

Artist: Lawrence Ciarallo

Address of Utility Box: 89 Washington Street

Title of Design: Struggle of a Lifetime

IG: @lawrenceciarallo

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Lawrence has been a Hoboken resident since 2012 and is an artist, designer, and muralist. He had his first studio in the Neumann Leather building, then worked out of his apartment, and next month will be moving to a new studio at 150 Bay Street in Jersey City. His work is an eclectic mix of portraits, pop art, and mixed media pieces that address a myriad of topics and honor a diverse group of individuals. As part of his art practice, he serves on the board of the Hoboken Art Committee and works with Young New Yorkers, an organization based in New York City that provides diversion programs for court-involved young people, as an ambassador. 

Lawrence’s family has deep Hoboken roots. “In 1922 my paternal great-grandfather, Luigi Ciarallo, came to America from the small town of Sant’Angelo in the region of Molise and settled in Hoboken. Having left behind his wife, Maria, and 2-year-old son, Guiseppe, he found a job working at the Hoboken Terminal for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and lived in the tenements that once stood on River Street now occupied by the 2nd Street municipal garage. In the 1950s, everyone would be reunited in Hoboken,” Lawrence shared.

“My father was an altar boy and attended elementary school at Saints Peter & Paul and he fondly recalls playing in Steven’s Park, walking along the waterfront with his grandfather, going to the Fabian Theatre and visiting family friends in the row homes similar to what you see on Willow Terrace. I will always be grateful to my ancestors for the opportunities provided by their diligence and honor their legacy.”

“In the weeks before I began to develop my concepts we were met with the sad news that Rep. John Lewis had passed away. Considering that Mr. Lewis was a lifelong example of these principles and his “good trouble” quote being the perfect exclamation of those values I thought a tribute to him fitting and necessary. The last four years have been terrible,”

He explains. “However, the struggle for social, economic, racial, and gender equality and justice did not begin in 2016 and do not end when we vote them out. As Mr. Lewis so eloquently reminds us “this struggle is not a struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year. It is the struggle of a lifetime.” We must remain diligent in our endeavors for justice. I hope passersby are inspired and reminded of the characteristics we value in Hoboken.” 

“It is exciting and humbling to have my design chosen. I am so grateful to the committee for selecting this concept and placing my work in such a prominent location. It is my hope that all those who enter City Hall, especially our elected officials and civil servants, remember the words of John Lewis and apply them to all that they do in pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive city.” 

Artist: Anita Torres Milena

Address of Utility Box: 201 Washington Street

Title of Design: Universal Lotus

IG: @anitatorres.illustration + @1000_e_mile.art

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Anita Torres Milena has worked in Hoboken on different art projects since she moved to the US from Colombia a few years ago. She is an illustrator and muralist. “I’m deeply passionate about art, the natural world, and the cosmos and I’m forever open to learning from different forms of artistic expression. My compositions often focus on two central themes; these are of the portrayal of women and the occurrence of repeating patterns,” Ana told us. Her artwork is used in many diverse environments from magazine illustrations to jewelry and wedding invitations and outside murals.

“I really love the cultural, gastronomic, and ethnic diversity of the area which has created an inclusive and progressive vibe for everyone,” she said.

Her inspiration behind her utility box design was the idea that “‘we are all Hoboken,’ such as we are all part of this universal diaspora where everyone plays an important role in the community. This reality allows us to be authentic, open, and free, regardless of differences but importantly always secured in place by our roots and our families. I wanted the art to express my belief that this is how we become a strong and inclusive community.”

To represent this concept she used the Lotus mudra symbol that portrays the openness of the heart. “The flower floats on the surface with the roots firmly secured and nourished by the soil. Its beauty finally emerges from deep within, signified by the darkness of the background,” she explains.

“I hope that people not only see it as a beautiful image but that a few people might take a moment to reflect on the concept and their own contribution to making this town a better community however much of a tall order that might be. I am extremely proud and excited to be able to evoke a little bit of contemplation and happiness in the community through art projects like this especially as I, having not been brought up in Hoboken, directly represent some of the themes and concepts of the composition. I am always encouraged when community leaders appreciate that art is a worthwhile expression that can have positive effects on society.”

Artist: Alison Josephs

Address of Utility Box: 1131 Washington Street

Title of Design: The Hoboken Tree

IG: @alisonjosephsdesign

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Alison Josephs is a Hoboken resident that works from home. She is a painter, illustrator of children’s books, graphic designer, and paint commissioned works as well. “I love my Hoboken community, the sense of urban family, the intimacy of this town,” she told us.

“My work, ‘The Hoboken Tree’ is based on a real-life jaunty mini-tree growing on 12th Street. In the work, a myriad of birds perched on entangled branches, enjoying a complicated but harmonious sanctuary. Birds from China, Italy, India, Ireland, Senegal, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Poland represent Hoboken’s deliciously rich and diverse ethnic composition. The birds sing in different languages, but in the chorus,” she explains.

This painted work, a gift to my Hoboken community, was really a gift to me. In a time of isolation due to the pandemic, to paint outside and socialize was a comfort, the corner became a meeting place: ‘Let’s meet outside at the Tree’. I asked neighbors and passersby to collaborate, each helping paint a bird from their country of origin, telling me their history. Some came down having seen progress from a nearby window, stopped while walking a puppy, or while taking their child to school. Others participating were very, very treasured Hoboken friends. ‘The Hoboken Tree’ was most certainly created by the loving community that surrounds it,” Alison said.

Artists: Kyla Harvie, Penny Preston, Chloe Rousseau, and Sergio Sandino 

Address of Utility Box: 707 Washington Street

Title of Design: We Are All Related

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The young artists who painted this utility box was a group effort by Kyla Harvie, Penny Preston, and Chloe Rousseau. They also had a local artist, Sergio Sandino, as their supervisor to share his expertise with the students. 

“I am Chloe Rousseau a 13-year-old who grew up in Hoboken NJ. I am a student in my last year at All Saints Episcopal Day School. I love being with my friends, art, service, advocacy, and giving back to the community. I love Hoboken because our community is one that listens to each other and has a warm welcoming spirit. Hoboken always has ways for people to get involved just like how we became involved in this project,” Chloe shared.

“My name is Kyla Harvie and I am an eighth-grader at All Saints Episcopal Day School. I live in Jersey City, but Hoboken has always felt like my second home, which really solidifies how welcoming Hoboken is. As the President of my school’s student government, I create many opportunities for myself to advocate, serve, and help others, and this was no different. Some other things I do in my time are writing, painting, and photography. I try to incorporate activism and service into everything I do hence our design,” Kyla told us. 

“My name is Penny Preston and I am a 14-year-old student at All Saints Episcopal Day School. I have lived in Hoboken since I was born and over the years growing up here I have learned about myself and my love for Hoboken. One of those things that I have come to love is community involvement, being in a small but urban environment that focuses on sustainability and building a brighter future has allowed me to get involved. In my free time, I love to create art, spend time with my friends, and play with my dog. When I was told about the opportunity to have our art displayed on an electrical box outside of our school my friends and I immediately started to design it. Having my art displayed to our whole community gives me a sense of hope and joy that we as youth can still make an impact and share our message with others,” Penny said.

Their design represents the shared love between all cultures. “There is no knowledge of which hand is sharing the heart and which is receiving the love. That is what represents equity. On the sides, it shows all the hands rising up to help each other. The words on the box ‘Mitakuye Oyasi’ which means ‘we are all related’,” they explained.

“This quote was taught to us in our school. It means that we are all different and individual, but we treat each other as if we are part of the same family and deserve the same respect and love. Our goal was to use this bold art piece to normalize the unity and individuality of all cultures. We are so grateful for this opportunity as it gave us kids a chance to use our voice for the better,” they told us.

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Artist: Mher Khachatryan {The Smoke Artist}

Address of Utility Box: 900 Washington Street

Title of Design: We Are Together

IG: @the_smokeartist

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Mher works at Cre8teArt School in Hoboken where he and his team teach drawing, painting, and sculpting from ages three to adults.  He has been an artist since he was five years old. “While kids in my neighborhood in Armenia were dreaming of becoming soccer players, lawyers, or doctors, my dream was to become a famous artist and have art shows all over the world. As I grew, my dream grew with me, I did and still have shown in many countries, but what I realized was that the world is in us, and if you are happy with the work you do, then the dream becomes reality, Mher told Hoboken Girl.

“Hoboken is energy, it is a creative and beautiful community, people here like to help and support each other and small businesses,” he said.

The title of Mher’s design is “We Are Together” and he hopes that everyone who passes by realizes that we are more alike than different. “There are 3 girls depicted in the work, African American, Caucasian, and Asian, and not only all of them are connected, but also have the same beginning, the source, God. Who we are is not what we look like, in fact, it’s definitely not what our appearance is, we are all pure spirits, part of God. I paint all like smoke, which is unique and no wisp of smoke ever repeats, like our lives. As Dr. Wayne Dyer said, we all came here with a heroic mission, and it’s up to us to follow that mission, to learn and to teach,” he explained. “I am honored to be part of such a beautiful art project, especially in Hoboken.”

Artist: Chesleigh Meade

Address of Utility Box: 5th + Washington

Title of Address: Venuses of Hoboken

IG: @chesleighmeade 

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Chesleigh has been making art since she was a child and always knew that she would always make art no matter what, regardless of whether or not it would be her career. “I have been lucky enough to have been able to pursue becoming a professional artist over the last few years,” she told Hoboken Girl.

“When I’m not making art {mostly in the late hours of the night} I am working at the Hoboken Food Pantry and carting my kids from place to place. I have three kids, ages 11, 6, and 3. I love being able to use my talents to help support our community. I have donated art to local auctions to benefit various organizations {HPEF, FLAG, Hoboken Relief Fund},” she said. 

One of my favorite things about Hoboken is the sense of community here, it’s one of the reasons my family and I have decided to stay and make Hoboken our home,” Chesleigh explained.

Chesleigh wanted to create something that not only incorporated the theme of the project but also highlighted her artistic aesthetic. “One of my favorite pieces of art is the Venus figure. This figure has been made by many different cultures across many different regions throughout history. I find the creation of like things without influence or contact from one another to be one of the most universally human things out there,” she explained. “Some things are just so ingrained that they pop out of civilizations over and over again. Some additional themes I tried to incorporate into my mural were: compassion, creation, fertility, and feeling connected. I imagine people will take different things from it, it offers a few different layers to it.”

“Even speaking with people as I was working on it, it was interesting to hear their take. Some people got my inspiration immediately with the Venus reference, or they saw fertility, some even thought it was more sensual. I like that it offers viewers different experiences, I think kids respond to it because of the bright colors and big shapes, and adults can take a more examined look at it. I want it to evoke this notion that the universe has woven us all together in its fabric. When I was creating my initial sketch for it I had the quote from Carl Sagan in mind, ‘We are made of starstuff’, which is how I came up with this idea of the universe weaving throughout the two figures,” Chesleigh shared.

This was Chesleigh’s first mural and naturally, it was a little nerve-wracking. “I was of course so excited to have been chosen, submitting your art into a forum where it is going to be judged is always a little stressful but so fulfilling when it has a positive outcome. I also loved that my kids got to see me doing something that I love and being able to share it with the community.”

Artist: Matthew Dean Weitl {MGKANML}

Address of Utility Box: 537 Washington Street

Title of Design: Hoboken United

IG: @MGKANML

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Matt is a new resident of Hoboken who moved from LA with his significant other. 

He attended the Academy of Arts college in San Francisco and has been painting professionally for 20+ years. Matt started his brand, MGKANML {Magic Animal} in 2020, which is inspired by his wolf-dog “Zeppelin”. MGKANML is focused on large Mural Arts design and custom indoor/outdoor design projects.

As an artist, he explained that it’s important for him to be a part of the city and a part of our community, and he has felt that sense of community since moving here. “There are a lot of things to like about Hoboken, but what I’ve really come to appreciate is how tight-knit the community is here and feeling that sense of connection. Where we came from in Los Angeles had a very similar vibe, so it’s nice to feel that sense of belonging here and being a part of something special, Matt told Hoboken Girl. 

“It’s been amazing being involved with the City and the Mural Arts project we recently completed. Being out in our streets painting this piece day and night, really allowed me to build new friendships with residents, see firsthand the resilience of our local businesses, and meet people of all walks of life who were just as excited about this project as myself, as well as having the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the city, to give something positive back to the people, especially during these historical times we’re in. I hope that anyone who comes to the city of Hoboken will feel the positive impact of our Art for years to come, he said. 

“I wanted to paint something that represents every person in the city as being seen, heard, and respected, regardless of race, religion, gender, or politics. That here in Hoboken, we treat one another as equals, with love, kindness, and understanding. And that we represent ALL colors, that we are ALL different and diverse, but when we come together as a community, we have the power to create better humanity,  together,” Matt explained. 

Artist: Raisa Nosova

Address of Utility Box: 1039 Washington Street

Title of Design: Silver Mask

IG: @RaisaNosova

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Raisa was born in Russia and moved to West Paterson at the age of 11. She holds an MFA degree from NYU Steinhardt where she also teaches Undergraduate Painting and has her current art studio. Raisa created and has been running a program teaching classical art to kids aged 6 – 16 for the past nine years. Her recent solo shows included La Galerie Emeric Hahn, Paris, 80WSE Gallery, New York City, and Amsterdam International Art Fair. Through the years painting has been her primary medium. However, glass sculpture and performance disciplines have recently entered her work as she “acquaint herself with and reflects on my new experience of becoming a mother,” Raisa told Hoboken Girl.

“I first started working in Hoboken in 2013 when I rented an art studio at the Neumann Leather Factory Building. The unique spaces of the building inspired me to continue working on my ‘interiors’ series. During my four years in the building, I participated annually in the Hoboken Art Walks opening my studio to the public, meeting hundreds of locals, including the mayors, and getting to know the residents through one-on-one talks and consequent studio visits,” she explains.

“The vibe of such a geographically small yet dense and diverse city made me fall for it immediately,” says Riasa. She felt so inspired and safe that she would set up her easel on the streets in the middle of the night and paint blooming trees lit by street lights with brownstones as the backdrop. “I also grew a unique love for bwè cafe’s product, culture, and people. I have hosted significant family events there such as my bridal shower and my sister’s baby shower. My new favorite spot is the Rexer Gallery on Washington street with its exquisite staircase wall art and a cozy backyard with more murals for the visitors.”

Raisa’s design has intentions of inspiring discussion on the topics of resilience, trauma, and cultural displacement. She shared, “I seek to bring awareness to the emotional baggage and the struggle that survivors have to conceal in daily life. I have been a part of the highly diverse city of Hoboken since 2013 and have been honored to meet so many who have gone through prejudice, discrimination, abuse, and even war or genocide in their birth countries. These people do not share openly about their life experiences but instead, suppress the pain to move on with daily life.” 

Raisa has large-scale oil portraits that have recently been transformed into street art in cities of Berlin, Milan, Larnaca {Cyprus}, and now Hoboken. Each of the designs is composed of individuals behind masks, communicating human strength, and offering empathy to those who connect through warm, deep eye contact. “The viewer of any race, age, or gender is able to relate to the masked faces in the works as the design of the masks are carefully put together to hide these differences and focus on the equity of humanity. It is extremely meaningful for me to offer this work back to the streets of Hoboken,” she said.

“Having art be accessible on the street without intentionally making arrangements to go visit a gallery or a museum allows art to seep into lives organically. This is something that has been on my mind, something that I have been working towards the past few years with a few street paintings that I have done in Europe,” she told us. “When I found out that my design was chosen for the Hoboken project I got a rush of excitement, that now I get to do one in my Hoboken. It was a pleasure to be back painting on the street in Hoboken, days and nights, as I got to reconnect with the city, meet and hear from so many remarkable locals.”

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Artist: Eleanor Sgaramella

Address of Utility Box: 1001 Washington Street

Title of Design: Love is Love

IG: @theartisteleanor

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Eleanor is a 22-year-old Hoboken native and a recent graduate of Fairfield University with a double major in English/Creative writing and Studio Art, and a double minor in Education and Women and Gender Studies. 

“Graduating during a pandemic was an experience for sure, but I made it! My mother grew up here, in the same house that I currently live in, so Hoboken is home for me on many levels. She is an artist as well, so I’ve always been around art and have loved it since I was a kid. Right now I’m planning to go to graduate school and trying to navigate post-grad life in these odd times,” Eleanor told Hoboken Girl.   

“Hoboken is very dear to me. I love the versatility of Hoboken, how it manages to feel lively like a city but also homey like a small town. I don’t think I’ve ever visited another place quite like it,” she said.

The inspiration behind Eleanor’s design was visibility and representation for the LGBTQ+ community. “At university, I served as Vice President of our GSA, and something we worked hard to improve and preserve was our visibility as a community. That is something I would like to continue working towards, which is what inspired me to center my design around the concept,” she explained. “I hope it evokes support, love, allyship, and a feeling of safety to those who pass it, whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or not. I know I am someone who notices visual examples of LGBTQ+ representation around me, it provides me with some solace knowing I am in a community that supports me, and I hope to pass on that same feeling to others who see my design.”

“I feel so honored to have had my design chosen for this project. Knowing people will see it for years to come, and that it may reach many people warms my heart. Hoboken will always be my home, and knowing I have left something on a piece of it that will last is so special. This is the first public art piece I have been given the opportunity to make and it was an amazing experience,” she said.

Artist: Sayeed A. Syed

Address of Utility Box: 101 Washington Street

Title of Design: Clear Skies

IG: @artsbysyed

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Sayeed was Born in a small town in South India, called Mulbagel, “where farming and country life meets diverse cultures,” as he puts it. He lost his father at a very young age, and a short time after this loss, he picked up a pencil to start art as a form of therapy. “Growing up in India, my family wanted me to spend more time studying than doing art, but art remained my passion. As a young artist, I found inspiration in Indian history books, from which I used to draw historical figures such as kings and freedom fighters,” Sayeed told Hoboken Girl.

“I absolutely love Hoboken, the beauty of the city is vibrant with a mixed & friendly culture. Which I have especially seen working in Hoboken, a beautiful example of that I can share is, when I was working on a utility box, one of the police officers working in that area offered and brought me a coffee,: he shared.

Sayeed’s love of art later transformed into a passion for photography and his collection of photographs grew as he traveled for work. “I would love to capture the imagery of my journeys around the world. Photography and painting later collided together as most of my paintings are of photographs of my life experiences. I now enjoy painting with all types of mediums from pencils, to oils, and acrylics. My goal is to meet upcoming artists so I can be inspired by their work and learn new techniques. I also would love to meet new people and obtain advice to bring out a new side to my art. Art helps me see the beauty of our world and love to expose it to a broad range of people.”

The inspiration behind his designs was centered around children’s infinite happiness. “Through a child’s eyes, no matter what race, religion, or region, when it rains they see clear skies. They see the joy when adults see a gloomy, unfortunate wasted day. I want to send a message that we should always see the beauty of each day like we once did as innocent children. The world may have stripped us of that, but not our optimistic outlook on the world,” he explained.

Artist: Kelli Glancey

Address of Utility Box: 3rd + Washington Street

Title of Design: A Mile Square Celebration

IG: @kglancey_art

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Kelli is an artist, printmaker, professor at Parsons School of Design, and long-time Hoboken resident. She loves to travel, discover cultures, study language, and draw in her sketchbook while adventuring.

“My love of Hoboken spans many years. First and foremost, charm and location. This quiet little mile square city facing NYC on the Hudson River has allowed a cozy, low lying urban lifestyle within a short distance commute to a bustling, busy Metropolis. Through the many changes I have witnessed over the years, the constant comfort of ‘home’ in Hoboken remains. We are a diverse community that shares in collective civic kindness and inclusion,” Kelli told Hoboken Girl.

Kelli’s design addresses the themes symbolically through simple bold shapes, graphic colors, and minimal inspirational text. “Visual inspiration first came from the playful festive paper cutouts of Henri Matisse in confluence with my own passion for color. Color is a universal language, ‘read’ and interpreted by the viewer based on subjective aesthetic, gender, beliefs, psychological + symbolic meaning. My intent is a color-FULL ‘Celebration’ of symbolic imagery that invites the individual to engage with both mind + heart,” she explained.

Kelli continued, “Hoboken narratives inform fantastical visual vignettes celebrating our rich history of diversity and community. From joyous occasions of the Arts, Music & Cultural Festivals to the more recent challenges facing our community in response to Hurricane Sandy, Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter, Hoboken and it’s people rise to the challenge and betterment for all.”

She hopes that viewers will take a moment to stop, pause, simply enjoy and respond to each individual’s interpretation.

“To have my design chosen is simply wonderful. I must share that it has been a magnificent experience overall. Each day I am working outside, people stop to share. All, are so appreciative and complimentary with a sincere ‘thank you for making our city more beautiful.”

Artist: Greg Brehm

Address of Utility Box: 801 Washington Street

Title of Design: Home Sweet Hoboken

IG: @pigeon.ops

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Greg is a full-time dad and “a very lucky husband”, as he puts it. He and his family have lived in Hoboken for five years. “We love that it’s a small town, filled with good people, in the middle of a big Metropolis. We’ve been all over the country and never seen a city come together for anything like Hoboken does for Halloween. It’s wondrous. I’m a part-time lawyer and a hopeful start-up founder. I will always be a struggling artist. Sometimes I sleep,” he told Hoboken Girl.

“The BLM and LGBTQ+ movements have truly moved my heart, and when Hoboken asked for mural ideas that promoted equality and inclusion, I was excited to make a piece of art that might pay some small tribute to them. I have long admired street artists who create public art that is both poignant and fun by elevating the mundane and playfully infusing it with new meaning. I never intended to make any super-profound statement on a utility box, but thought I might be able to whip up some graffiti stencils and make something fun and thoughtful,” Greg explains.

“So, I turned my box into a mini Hoboken row-house and filled it with pigeons, instead of people. I made it really bright and festive. If it makes people smile, it’s good. If a few recognize that it isn’t just a mural of a silly house with colorful pigeons, but also a celebration of a home filled with family who is all brilliantly different and fundamentally the same, well, that would be particularly nice,” he told us.

As far as what he hopes people to feel when they see his design, he said “ I’d just like them to smile and for a few to smile a bit extra.”

“The whole project made me feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I was not only getting to make meaningful street art but it was actually sanctioned by the City! Serious kudos to Hoboken for the opportunity they gave all the artists. This has really been fun,” says Greg.

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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.