Flight of Art: Princeton Unveils Stunning Heron Mural!

Pictured Above: The Arts Council of Princeton unveiled a new community mural at their ever-changing Spring Street location, designed and painted by Trenton-based artist LANK. Photo Credit: Contributed. 



Princeton, NJ –The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) unveiled a new community mural this week in Downtown Princeton, honoring the D&R Canal and its most famous avian resident. The new work is designed and painted by artist Jonathan Conner, who goes by LANK. A lover of the outdoors and wildlife, his Spring Street Mural features the Great Blue Heron, a nod to his favorite way to travel from Trenton to Princeton, the D&R Canal path. The gold line running through the mural is an approximate map of the path.

LANK is a Trenton, NJ based artist and graduate student in anthropology at Monmouth University. He is a founding member of the grassroots city beautification organization, SAGE Coalition, and is the Public Projects Manager for Artworks Trenton. LANK has been organizing and executing mural projects and community art-making since 2008.

Great Blue Heron marks the Arts Council’s tenth temporary mural on Spring Street since the site’s inception in July 2020. What started as a way to show solidarity and togetherness during the COVID lockdown has evolved into a beloved mainstay of Princeton’s Central Business District. The location’s temporary nature allows ACP to showcase multiple local and regional artists a year, including Leon Rainbow, Fiona Chinkan, Dave DiMarchi, and Ben Colbert, to name a few. An application for artists to submit their mural proposals is available on the Arts Council’s website.

Great Blue Heron is the latest of the Arts Council’s growing public art presence around Princeton. Also on
view are Continuum by Illia Barger at Terra Momo Bread Company, Journey by Marlon 7oveChild Davila
on the corner of John Street and Leigh Avenue, and the Bring on the Joy, LOVE, and Kindness murals at Princeton Shopping Center. LANK’s work will be on view on Spring Street until Fall 2023, when a new mural will take its place.

Learn more about the Arts Council’s public art projects and free community programming at artscouncilofprinceton.org.

The Arts Council of Princeton, a non-profit organization founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of building community through the arts by presenting a wide range of programs including public art projects, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region.

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