Join the LRWP November 18, 9:30-11 AM for a tour of the Plainfield Municipal Utility Authority (PMUA) Plainfield Environmental Resource Center (PERC).
PMUA began over 20 years ago as a local utility agency, and has now become a multi-city shared service, waste transfer and management authority. PERC is the City-owned and PMUA-operated transfer station used to facilitate the proper disposal of all solid, recyclable, electronic, bulky and vegetative wastes collected from local residents, Plainfield Department of Public Works and private businesses. Neighboring municipalities use this modern convenience center to transfer and dispose of waste as part of PMUA’s municipal shared services agreements.
Our tour guide will be PMUA Executive Director (and former Trenton Mayor) Eric E. Jackson. Mr. Jackson will provide an overview of PMUA operating structure and functions, discuss current challenges and opportunities faced by the utility authority, and highlight how PMUA is promoting and encouraging actions for cleaner, litter free cities.
This is a limited access trip. Registration Required.
Please note: we will be in an operating transfer facility. Please wear close-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Feel free to bring your own hard hat, however hard hats and safety vests will be provided.
Call for Proposals
coLAB Arts and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership are seeking submissions for proposals for new works of found object sculpture using items of trash collected from the Lower Raritan Watershed (The Raritan River and its tributaries).
What is the Watershed Sculpture Project?
This project is the result of a partnership between coLAB Arts and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership (LRWP). Our organizations seek to create awareness of the maturing visual arts scene in the Lower Raritan Watershed as well as the need for community involvement to restore local environmental health. coLAB Arts and LRWP coordinate volunteer clean-ups of area streams and from the refuse collected we identify objects to give to commissioned artists who then create original sculptures for public display.
2016 Commission Theme
In 2016 The Watershed Sculpture Project will work with the theme of “Frames.” We ask that all proposals incorporate this idea literally in the creation of a sculpture that frames the landscape and can be installed semi permanently along the Raritan River Waterfront at Boyd Park in New Brunswick. Additionally, we hope the work “frames” a conversation on how viewers can interact in more positive ways with New Jersey’s largest major waterway.
Sample image of framing landscape concept
2016 Commission Fee
Examples of previous year’s materials may be found here: http://www.colab-arts.org/watershedsculptureproject/ Materials sourced have included, plastic bottles, shopping carts, wood, children’s toys, broken ceramics and glass, etc. coLAB Arts and LRWP have stockpiled a small collection of usable materials from previous clean-ups but will also organize a 2016 clean-up toward the end of August 2016 based on interest from selected artists. Because of project goals we ask that artists be cognizant of making their projects entirely or almost entirely of collected clean-up items. In addition, we ask artists to consider not using toxic adhesives or paints.
September 25 – Raritan River Festival, Boyd Park
October 1 – “Watershed Moment” event Boyd Park
Winter – Fall 2017 Watershed Gallery, Wellness Plaza, New Brunswick
All sculptures will be displayed for two major events one week apart in Boyd Park in New Brunswick. Final sculptures should be constructed to survive in the park semi-permanently during the fall months. All work will then also have a year-long display at our permanent lobby-style gallery space in the Wellness Center Plaza in New Brunswick.
Boyd Park Waterfront in New Brunswick, NJ
Please submit a simple proposal idea by August 15 2016 to:
Director of Education and Outreach
Curator, Watershed Sculpture Project
(732) 718 – 7614