Highland Park is now home to two public art benches with plans for more.
The first bench was installed and celebrated last September 2019 at Arts in the Park. The ceramic bench was commissioned by the HP Arts Commission and the HP Borough Council and created by local artist JoAnn Boscarino (“Lucky Jo”). The work pays homage to famous Highland Park resident Earle Dickson, who invented the BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandage while working at Johnson & Johnson to help protect his wife Josephine’s fingers from cooking. Lucky Jo’s bench is located on South 4th Avenue & Raritan Avenue by the Rite-Aid Art Windows.
On South 2nd Avenue and Benner Street, Bench of Our Times by Amee J. Pollack and Laurie Spitz was installed last October 2019. The neo-pop work, which shows eight large children’s blocks, resides at the Lafayette Building, a former elementary school. The work is a nod to the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose children attended the Lafayette school when they all lived on Adelaide Avenue in the 1960s.
Additionally, there are a series of former benches that the borough plans to repair, re-route, and re-purpose through the help of Councilman Phil George, the HP Arts Commission, and the HP Art Collective. Prototype pictured below courtesy of Phil George and John Marron. STAY TUNED . . .